Castleford Tigers: Released overseas duo join League 1 outfit for remainder of season

Josh McAllister
Castleford Tigers Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo Alamy

Mahe Fonua (left) and Bureta Faraimo (right) in action for Castleford Tigers

League 1 side Doncaster have announced the signings of recently released Castleford Tigers duo Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo for the remainder of the season. 

Fonua, 30, is currently back home spending time with his family and has already secured his future for 2024. The outside-back has signed a two-year deal with Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup from next year.

The pair were released at the end of July to make room for new signings at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, including internationals Charbel Tasipale, Liam Horne and Billy Tsikrikas.

Former Tonga international Fonua scored six tries in 39 appearances for the Tigers since arriving from Hull ahead of the 2022 season.

Winger Faraimo, who has represented the USA in two World Cups, also joined Castleford from fellow Super League side Hull, scoring 15 tries in 35 games.

Doncaster currently sit third on the League 1 table, with a record of 11 wins from 14, and are eyeing up promotion via the play-offs.

Liam Finn’s Dewsbury Rams can secure their spot back in the Championship on the first time of asking if they can defeat Workington Town this Sunday at home.

Doncaster boss on Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo signings

Doncaster head coach Richard Horne said: “As soon as we became aware of both Fonua and Faraimo’s availability we made contact.

“The opportunity to bring in such high quality and vastly experienced players is something we can’t turn down and that’s what these two bring to the squad.

“Leading into the play-offs, you want options in terms of squad depth and the careers Mahe and Bureta have had in top flight rugby league so far speak for themselves.”

The club say updates on when the pair will be available for squad selection will come in due course. They will also join Albert Vete at the Eco-Power Stadium, with the prop forward having made the move on loan for the remainder of 2023.

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