Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton has signed for Leeds Rhinos on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Paul Aiton has signed for Leeds Rhinos for an undisclosed fee.
The hooker was Wakefield’s Player of the Year last season having arrived in Super League from NRL side Cronulla Sharks in 2012 and he joins the Rhinos on a three year contract.
Aiton has thanked everyone associated with the Wildcats for their support during his two years at the club where he was a consistently good performer.
“I would like to thank everyone connected with Wakefield for making me feel so welcome over the last two years and I am pleased that both clubs have come to an agreement that means I can join Leeds. You only need to look at how many of the Rhinos team are in the current England squad to see the quality that is here at the club and I am excited about the future.
“It is nice that we have been able to get the deal done ahead of Friday’s game against the Kiwis. I hope the Leeds fans will be out in force on Friday night and they will give me and the Papua New Guinea boys all their support as we know we face a big challenge against New Zealand,” added Aiton.
Aiton could face his former team mates at Wakefield in his first game for Leeds Rhinos. Leeds have confirmed that they will play Wakefield in the traditional Heatshot Festive Challenge on Boxing Day at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 11.30am. Depending on Papua New Guinea’s progress in the World Cup, the hooker could make his debut in that game.
Everyone at the club thanks Paul for his efforts in the red, white and blue and wish him well for the future.
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