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David Fusitu’a’s former club speaks out following Leeds Rhinos transfer

The New Zealand Warriors have spoken out about David Fusitu’a ahead of his confirmed move to the Leeds Rhinos.

The Mate Ma’a Tonga international, who was signed until the end of the 2023 season, will continue his career in the English Super League.

“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, who made his NRL debut against St George Illawarra in 2014, leaves with a career total of 108 games in eight seasons with the Vodafone Warriors.

Last year he became the 24th player to appear in 100 matches for the club but injury issues limited him to just five matches this season.

He peaked in 2018 when he was named the Dally M winger of the year, scoring a total of 23 tries in 23 games.

With six tries in 28 matches since he has a tally of 61 tries, fifth on the club’s all-time list.

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