Vaccination problem for new Leigh Centurions signing John Asiata after move confirmed

John Asiata was confirmed as a new signing for the Leigh Centurions yesterday, but his move threw up an important question.

That question is, of course, considering that unvaccinated Australians are not allowed out of the country’s borders, how will he be able to leave for the UK?

Asiata has been one of the most vociferous anti-vaxxers since the problem of inoculation arrived and even lost his job at the Canterbury Bulldogs because of it – even without playing a game for his new club.

The Bulldogs have become the first side to lose a player over the vaccination program, but Asiata had only just joined the club on a one-year deal in the off-season.

And, the 28-year-old told the Bulldogs in November that he’d rather work on a construction site than be given the jab.

Club bosses warned Asiata three weeks he’d be sacked if his stance didn’t change, but he refused to budge.

“The Bulldogs and John Asiata have agreed to part ways by mutual consent,” the club said in a statement.

“Asiata, signed with the club this season, but had yet to train with the squad.

“The Bulldogs wish John and his family all the best for the future.”

Since then, Leigh beat off competition from Super League and Championship clubs to make the NRL coup, but there still remains a cloud over how Asiata can travel.

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