Rhinos sign giant NRL prop Peteru

Leeds Rhinos have signed 6’5” Gold Coast Titans prop Nathaniel Peteru on a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old will join the club next season and will add some serious size to the Rhinos’ forward line.

Peteru is of Samoan and Cook Island decent and has played 15 NRL matches for the Titans this season.

“I am really looking forward to joining the Rhinos,” said Peteru. “I see it as a fresh challenge for me and I am excited about the opportunity to come on board with the team.

“We have been talking for a while but has speeded up over the last few weeks. My family and I are looking forward to coming to Leeds and for me personally playing in a new competition is something that inspires me.

“Having watched Leeds, I know they have a winning culture and that is something I want to be part of but most of all I am coming for the challenge.

“I want to come to England and take my game to the next level. I believe I can do that with Leeds with a successful team and a successful coach.

“I have known Kylie Leuluai for a number of years. I watched him when I was growing up in New Zealand and followed his career when he was at Leeds.

“Talking to him put my mind at ease when I was looking to come over for a new challenge. Brian McDermott and I have had a couple of conversations and he has been really positive about what I can do.

“He wants me to push to become a starting forward eventually and that is something I want to do consistently.”

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott, added: “Nathaniel is someone we have been keeping an eye on for a while and the opportunity arose to bring him over for next season.

“He is an impressive individual who spoke passionately to us about his commitment to the Rhinos and what he wants to achieve in his own game and with the Rhinos.

“Moving your family to the other side of the world is not something that anyone takes lightly and it is a measure of Nathaniel’s desire to be successful with the Rhinos that he is ready to come over and be part of our club.”

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