posted on 4 November 2015

The Wildcats have continued their recruitment for 2016 with the signing of Cronulla Sharks forward Tinirau Arona on a one-year deal.

The 26-year old who can play as a prop or back-rower joins teammate Anthony Tupou from the Sharks and will be looking to bolster the Trinity pack in 2016.

Arona has also previously been coached by Brian Smith during his time with Sydney Roosters between 2011 and 2013.

Back in 2006, Arona made his international debut for the Cook Islands at just 17-year-old and he managed to get over for their only try in a 46-6 loss to Samoa.

Over the last few seasons at Cronulla, Arona has become an established NRL player and has 70 appearances at first grade.

Speaking on his move to the Wildcats, Arona said:

"It's a big change coming from Cronulla Sydney but me and my family are looking forward to embracing Wakefield as our new family and home."

"Travelling with my good friend Anthony Tupou and reuniting with my first NRL coach Brian Smith makes this move even more exciting for me. I have played some of my best football under the guidance of Smithy and I'm looking foward to improving my game with him as my coach again."

"I cannot wait to put on the Wildcats jersey and with my new teammates make a big impact in this tournament."

Head Coach Brian Smith said: "'T' Arona is not nearly as decorated as his teammate at the Sharks, Tupou. He is well known to me though from when he was a youngster at Roosters as a rookie."

"His versatility and skillful play with feet and hands will add great depth to the Wildcats pack in 2016."

To watch Tinirau Arona pull on the Red, White & Blue in 2016, make sure you buy your membership ready for the 2016 season. Call into the shop in the Ridings or call 01924 201548 or visit out official website and click on the ‘buy ticket’ tab to purchase membership online.


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