Bulldogs veteran off to England after signing with Featherstone

Reni Maitua

For the Featherstone Rovers fans, they must be stoked with their player signings to date and it has only gotten better, with NRL veteran Reni Maitua signing with the club.

Maitua, who has vast NRL and representative experience has played in 174 NRL games for the Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks and the Parramatta Eels, as well as international caps for New Zealand and Samoa.

Although he has had his fair share of issues in the past, his experience will be invaluable for the Rovers side, with the 2-year deal subject to a visa clearance.

The previous issues were well documented and at one point, Maitua was suspended from the game for the use of a banned substance but he has since bounced back and performed well for numerous clubs since then.

Knowing how experienced he is, the club cannot wait to get him on board and on the field.

“This is a massive signing for Featherstone Rovers and a statement of intent by the club. His playing record speaks for itself and he brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room,” said Featherstone Rovers coach, Andy Hay.

“He is a uncompromising leader both on and off the field and will be big asset. We’ve done our homework and talked to people who have been working with him recently and he was highly rated.”

Having already made contact with Maitua, Hay looks forward to seeing the veteran get stuck in at the club. Additionally, with Maitua knowing about the club after discussions with Hay, they know he will help to promote the club.

“I’ve spoken to Reni and he is really eager to join Featherstone Rovers and help us achieve our ambitions of bringing top flight rugby league to the town,” said Hay.

“He has made it clear that he does not see this as a holiday but he wants to prove himself in the UK with Featherstone Rovers. He is excited about the new structures in place in our competition and wants to play Super League with Rovers.

He will not only be an asset on the field but he will be helping to promote the club and lift the profile of Featherstone Rovers.”

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