Leeds Rhinos have welcomed their new signing David Fusitu’a to the country after he arrived into the UK tonight.
David Fusitu’a has joined the Rhinos on a two year contract having played 108 games in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors scoring 61 tries.
Because of the tight restrictions in Australia and New Zealand due to the global pandemic, Fusitu’a had been unable to leave Australia immediately after joining the Rhinos whilst he waited for his visa application to be completed. With that now done, he was able to say goodbye to his family before travelling to begin his new life in England with the Rhinos.
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar previously commented, “We have been talking to David throughout the whole process and he is really looking forward to getting here and getting started with the boys. The global pandemic has presented some unusual challenges but thankfully we have been able to work through that. David has been unable to get home to New Zealand to see his family for a long time. On his way to us, he is meeting up with his family in America and then he is ready to go with us from mid-December.”
Fusitu’a became a global star in 2017 when his hat trick stunned the Rugby League world as Tonga defeated New Zealand in the World Cup and he was only the 24th player in the Warriors history to make 100 appearances for the club. He finished as top try scorer in the NRL in 2018 with a remarkable 23 tries.
Many are expecting him to impress in 2022 for Leeds and is 4/1 to feature in the Super League Dream Team according to Sports Index.
Look who's landed 🛬 Welcome to the Rhinos family to our latest signing David Fusitu'a and his family who arrived in the UK this evening pic.twitter.com/vUoh8w1jdf
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) December 13, 2021