WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have announced experienced Leeds Rhinos second rower Ali Lauititi as their latest recruit for 2012.
The 32-year-old announced this week that he would be leaving Leeds at the end of the season and he’s today pledged his future to Wakefield by penning a two-year deal with the club from next season.
Lauititi, who’s spent seven years at Headingley, becomes the ninth new signing by Wakefield in just over a week as they gear up for next season.
He said: “I am really pleased to have signed here at Wakefield. I have a lot of friends that have either played here in the past or are playing now and they all have great things to say about the club.
“Wakefield are a club with a proud history and a big future and I’m happy that I’m now a part of that. I look forward to the start of next season and getting out on the field with the boys.
“I’d like to thank everyone at The Rhinos for the times that I have had there and I’d like to thank everyone at The Wildcats for opening up a new chapter in my career.”
Wildcats chief executive James Elston said: “We are thrilled that Ali has joined the club for the next two years. He is a marquee signing for us and not only is he an incredibly talented player; he is also a great person.
“He is the calibre of player whose signature doesn’t need explaining. His international honours, amount of tries and number of impressive performances tell a tale of their own and we are delighted to have him with us.”
“Ali will provide a huge impact on the development of our younger players and I am very much looking forward to his arrival. I would like to welcome him and his family to the Wildcats.”
The Samoan international has won four Grand Finals, two League Leaders Shields and two World Club Challenges during his seven years as a Rhino.
He’s made 12 appearances for Leeds this season, scoring two tries.
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