After an impressive season at Leeds Rhinos, centre / winger Nene MacDonald has completed the move to Salford Red Devils ahead of 2024.
He has now landed in the country and set to link up with the rest of the squad in the New Year as Paul Rowley and his squad prepare for another crack at the Super League play-offs in 2024 after only just missing out in 2023.
Putting pen to paper, the Papua New Guinea international is an exciting addition to the Salford side; with the ability to play at fullback, centre, or on the wing.
Macdonald began his career at Sydney Roosters’ NYC team in 2012, where he began to show glimpses of quality.
Producing performances way beyond his age, Macdonald received an early call-up to Papua New Guinea’s World Cup squad in 2013, where he made three appearances, scoring one try.
It was not long after that he made his NRL debut; scoring one try in a 32-12 victory against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, in 2014.
He finished the campaign with three tries in seven appearances and made a mid-season switch to the Gold Coast Titans in 2015.
Starting to find more regular game-time, Macdonald made 34 appearance in his two-year spell, scoring 14 tries.
St George Illawarra spotted his blossoming talent and managed to secure a two-year deal in 2017, where Macdonald would go on to make 46 appearances, scoring 16 tries.
Short spells at North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks proceeded a successful 2021 at the Norths Devils, where he helped the Queensland-based club win the Intrust Super Cup by beating WM Seagulls 16-10 in the Grand Final.
After making 98 NRL appearances for five different clubs, Macdonald made the move over to join international Head Coach, Adrian Lam in England.
Spending only one season at the then-Leigh Centurions, Macdonald scored a remarkable 27 tries in 27 appearances and helped the Leythers earn promotion back to the Betfred Super League.
There was then a reunion with Head Coach, Rohan Smith at Leeds Rhinos, who secured his signature on a two-year deal, in 2022.
He also represented his country in the recent Rugby League World Cup held in England.
Twenty appearances for the Rhinos and two tries later, he will be linking up with his new teammates at the Salford Stadium in pre-season and adding some serious quality to Paul Rowley’s squad.