Eldest Fifita brother signs with Workington Town

Latu Fifita

He may not have the profile that brothers Andrew or David have but he is a strong, solid rugby league player nonetheless, as a new challenge awaits the eldest of the Fifita brothers, Latu.

Coming off a successful campaign with the Northern Pride that saw them win the Intrust Super Cup and the NRL State Championship, the hulking prop forward will join English Championship side, Workington Town.

It was a hard slog for the club to sign him as coach Phil Veivers admitted they were chasing his signature for quite some time.

“We’ve fought pretty hard to get him and I’m over the moon that we’ve finally signed him,” Veivers said.

“He will add some size and ability to our pack. He’s got good feet, good leg speed and a fast play of the ball.

“Latu will bring some leadership qualities with him. He’s a Tonga international and has played at a very good standard.”

The delay was a result of visa issues and whilst some might think they have signed him because of his last name, Veivers re-iterated that Fifita was signed to give them some starch and punch on the field.

“He’s got good stock in his brothers,” Veivers added.

“And he will offer the club something off the field too.

“But that’s not the reason I’ve signed him. I’ve signed him for what he will give us on the pitch.

Correspondence with a former Northern Pride coach Jason Demetriou gave Veivers some solid insight into the play and style of Latu Fifita.

“I spoke to his old head coach Jason Demetriou who told me that he believes Latu is an NRL player in the waiting,” said Veivers.

“Jason thinks the Championship should be a walkover for him. I believe Latu will have a little bit more freedom at our level to play the style he wants.”

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