Needing a prop to replace Ava Seumanufagai in their rotation, the Leeds Rhinos have signed New Zealand Warriors prop King Vuniyayawa.
Vuniyayawa, who made his NRL debut last season and played five games, showed some promising signs.
Vuniyayawa has also represented Fiji and he looks forward to the opportunity at the Rhinos.
“I am excited and grateful to be joining Leeds Rhinos in 2021,” Vuniyayawa said.
“I would like to thank Richard Agar for giving me this opportunity and he made the decision even easier for me to come over to play in Super League.
“I know Leeds have an extremely strong pack, I can’t wait to meet the boys and rip in.”
Leeds coach Richard Agar praised Vuniyayawa’s hard work to get where he is.
“I am looking forward to having King in our group,” Agar said.
“He has had to work hard to get to where he is in the game and his determination is something that appealed to us.
“He has been a good performer in lower grades for the Warriors and performed well when he made the breakthrough to the NRL this season.”
Agar was also impressed with several other attributes of Vuniyayawa’s like his athleticism and defensive prowess.
“At his age and position, we think he is a player with plenty of potential in him,” Agar continued.
“He carries the ball hard, has some real sting in his defence, and has good athleticism for a big guy.
“On a one year deal, with a World Cup at the end of the year, and having spoken with King, we know we are getting a highly motivated player.”