Reports: Sydney Roosters prop makes Super League move following release

Wakefield Trinity have signed forward Renouf Atoni on a one-year deal from Sydney Roosters, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The report suggests the forward has had his contract cut short to allow him to take up the opportunity in the UK, in a move that will boster the pack of  Mark Applegarth’s squad for 2023.

Atoni will bring size to a Wakefield side that flirted with relegation at times last season, as Trinity continue to replenish their squad having lost 10 players in the off-season, with four of those heading to Super League rivals.

Their only signings prior to picking up Atoni were scrum-half Morgan Smith from Championship side Featherstone Rovers and veteran second-rower Kevin Proctor, who wasn’t under contract.

Proctor is a former Kiwi international, with Atoni, who is 6ft 4in and 111kg, joining the 33-year-old in the pack for Trinity as they look to defy the odds as relegation favourites ahead of the new season.

Atoni had played for Canterbury Bulldogs prior to his move to Sydney and made 43 appearances for the club prior to his move to the Roosters ahead of last season.

Atoni struggled with injuries last season and failed to make a single appearance for Trent Robinson’s side, leaving an open door for Wakefield to get their man with the hopes he can stay fit throughout 2023.

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