Many may have expected David Fusitu’a to stay in the NRL but the winger will join Super League side, the Leeds Rhinos, after a release by the New Zealand Warriors.
Fusitu’a, who is a Tongan international, was limited to just five games in 2021 due to injuries but he has a chance to make a fresh start.
“David has an opportunity to secure his future in the United Kingdom and wants the chance to make a fresh start,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.
“He has had a difficult time in 2020 and 2021 but, at his best, he is one of the leading outside backs in the game. Going to the Super League gives him the chance to rediscover his form.
“As our longest-serving Vodafone Warriors player, he has made a huge contribution to the club. We thank him for his service and wish David and his family all the best for the future.”
Fusitu’a departs the club with 108 NRL games, 61 tries, and a 2018 Dally M Winger of the Year nod.
Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar is pleased to have Fusitu’a on board for the next two years.
“We are really excited to have signed David and I think he will be a great addition to our team,” Agar said.
Undoubtedly, he is a world-class talent, you only need to look at his highlights reel and see the spectacular tries he can score to know he will soon become a crowd favourite at the Rhinos.”
At only 27, Fusitu’a still has several years ahead of him and Agar believes the winger can excel at the club.
“He is still only 27 and, whilst we understand the reasons why he has not played as much football as he would have liked last season, having spoken to him, he is keen to return to his best in a Rhinos shirt,” Agar continued.
“He is a player who loves to play with a smile on his face and I know he and his young family are looking forward to being part of the Rhinos family.”
Fusitu’a looks forward to the challenge ahead of him and getting stuck into his work.
“It is going to be something new and fresh,” Fusitu’a said.
“Me and my family are excited to come over to England.
“Leeds have been a proud and successful club for a long time and I am looking forward to getting over, meeting the boys and starting the hard work with the team.”