Titans forward makes the move to Leeds

Nathaniel Peteru

With more opportunities up for grabs, Gold Coast Titans forward Nathaniel Peteru has opted to head to the Super League to sign a three-year deal with the Leeds Rhinos.

Peteru, who had been with the Titans since 2015, was also a former New Zealand Warriors player and with the new opportunity in front of him, the hulking forward is excited at what lies ahead.

“I am really looking forward to joining the Rhinos,” said Peteru.

“I see it as a fresh challenge for me and I am excited about the opportunity to come on board with the team.

We have been talking for a while but has speeded up over the last few weeks.”

With his family coming along for support, Peteru looks forward to partaking in a new league, full of new challenges and experiences.

My family and I are looking forward to coming to Leeds and for me personally playing in a new competition is something that inspires me,” continued the forward.Having watched Leeds, I know they have a winning culture and that is something I want to be part of but most of all I am coming for the challenge.

“Having watched Leeds, I know they have a winning culture and that is something I want to be part of but most of all I am coming for the challenge.”

Ultimately, Peteru wants to be able to perform at a higher level from an individual perspective and after talking with Kylie Leuluai, his decision was made easier.

“I want to come to England and take my game to the next level. I believe I can do that with Leeds with a successful team and a successful coach,” said Peteru. I have known Kylie Leuluai for a number of years. I watched him when I was growing up in New Zealand and followed his career when he was at Leeds. Talking to him put my mind at ease when I was looking to come over for a new challenge. Brian McDermott and I have had a couple of conversations and he has been really positive about what I can do. He wants me to push to become a starting forward eventually and that is something I want to do consistently.”

“I have known Kylie Leuluai for a number of years. I watched him when I was growing up in New Zealand and followed his career when he was at Leeds. Talking to him put my mind at ease when I was looking to come over for a new challenge. Brian McDermott and I have had a couple of conversations and he has been really positive about what I can do. He wants me to push to become a starting forward eventually and that is something I want to do consistently.”

Talking to him put my mind at ease when I was looking to come over for a new challenge.”

He also spoke with head coach Brian McDermott who sets goals for Peteru and inspired to create strong ambitions.

“Brian McDermott and I have had a couple of conversations and he has been really positive about what I can do,” he continued.

“He wants me to push to become a starting forward eventually and that is something I want to do consistently.”

As for the club, coach McDermott admits that they were keeping tabs on Peteru for a while and when the opportunity came up to sign him, they made their move.

“Nathaniel is someone we have been keeping an eye on for a while and the opportunity arose to bring him over for next season,” said McDermott. He is an impressive individual who spoke passionately to us about his commitment to the Rhinos and what he wants to achieve in his own game and with the Rhinos. Moving your family to the other side of the world is not something that anyone takes lightly and it is a measure of Nathaniel’s desire to be successful with the Rhinos that he is ready to come over and be part of our club.”

“He is an impressive individual who spoke passionately to us about his commitment to the Rhinos and what he wants to achieve in his own game and with the Rhinos.”

McDermott praised Peteru’s desire to move to the other side of the world with his family to become a better player.

Moving your family to the other side of the world is not something that anyone takes lightly and it is a measure of Nathaniel’s desire to be successful with the Rhinos that he is ready to come over and be part of our club,” concluded McDermott.

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