David Fusitu’a to link up with Leeds in mid-December

James Gordon

New Leeds signing David Fusitu’a has been given the green light to make the move to England in mid-December.

Fusitu’a, 27, was announced last month on a two-year deal after making more than 100 appearances in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors.

Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, Fusitu’a has been unable to leave Australia since joining the Rhinos.

Now his visa application has been completed, he will be able to say goodbye to his family.

Coach Richard Agar said: ““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.”

World class talent David Fusitu’a

Fusitu’a scored a hat-trick when Tonga stunned New Zealand at the 2017 World Cup.

He was the top try scorer in the NRL with 23 tries.

Agar called him a “world class talent” when the Rhinos confirmed the move in October.

When his signing was announced, Fusitu’a said: “It is going to be something new and fresh. Me and my family are excited to come over to England.

“Leeds have been a proud and successful club for a long time. I am looking forward to getting over, meeting the boys and starting the hard work with the team.”

Fusitu’a, who has been given the number two shirt, is one of a trio of three exciting changes to the Leeds backline.

Half-backs Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin have been brought in from Huddersfield and Warrington respectively.