Ex-Castleford Tigers winger Denny Solomona signs for second club in three weeks after reflecting on time in Super League

Denny Solomona has found a new club just weeks after signing for a different one.

The ex-Castleford Tigers and London Broncos flyer was confirmed as a signing for North Harbour three weeks ago, but has now signed for New Zealand-based team Highlanders.

Assistant coach Riki Flutey confirmed on Tuesday that Solomona was available for selection, and said that he had already stood out at training.

“Denny has come into our environment over the last few weeks, obviously, with lots of moving parts with injuries and Covid covers, and from day one he’s been outstanding,” Flutey told Stuff.

“Outstanding in terms of his leadership around his parts of the game, particularly around defence and that back three area.

“So, his voice has been really valuable over the last few weeks.”

Flutey waxed lyrical about the opportunity for New Zealand rugby.

“When we saw the opportunity we grabbed it, because guys like him coming back, wanting to give back to New Zealand rugby, it’s massive for us,” Flutey said.

After making the trip halfway around the world to join the London Broncos, Solomona impressed enough in 2014 to earn a deal with Castleford Tigers – who had reached the Challenge Cup Final in that year.

It proved an inspired choice for club and player, with Solomona taking the Jungle by storm, scoring 60 tries in 45 appearances.

In 2016, Solomona scored a record-breaking 37th try in a single Super League season in Castleford’s Super 8s win over Catalans which broke a 12-year record held by former Bradford Bulls hulking winger, Lesley Vainikolo.

Solomona finished the season with a total of 40 tries along with another two in the Challenge Cup competition – a record which still hasn’t been broken.

With such an incredible record, the flyer has great memories of his time in the UK – which he previously posted on Instagram along with London, Sale and England highlights.

Solomona posted: “Can’t express what England gave to me not only as a player but as a man too. Coming back to New Zealand with a growth Mindset and ready to go full steam ahead this year.”
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