Featherstone have confirmed that Joey Leilua is on his way to the UK to link up with his new club.
The two-time Dally M Centre of the Year signed with the Championship club on a one-year deal for the 2022 campaign.
Leilua joins fellow Samoan international Jesse Sene-Lefao in joining Featherstone. The Rovers head into their first season under the stewardship of Brian McDermott.
The former Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders outside-back recently won his first boxing match earlier in December. He defeated former England international Chris Heighington after the bout went the four-round distance.
Featherstone’s Craig Hall says his signing is impressive for both the club and the Championship competition.
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Hall excited for the arrival of Joey Leilua
“It’s obviously a massive signing for the club. It’s also just as big for the league to get somebody as good as him,” Hall said.
“He’s from the NRL and wanting to come over here and have a go. It will be fantastic.
“He’ll have to settle into the way fo Fev life as we all did. I went from Hull having to make a big difference. I don’t know what he’ll be like coming from Australia!”
Hall on number four shirt number
Hall received the number four shirt for the 2022 campaign, a change from his previous full-back number.
However, the former Hull KR and Toronto utility says he’s happy to play anywhere for the team.
“I’m not bothered (where I play). I said to Mac [Brian McDermott] I don’t mind where I play. Last year, I was just rolling the dice and wherever I rolled I played,” he joked.
“I do like obviously full-back and being wherever, but if you get a bit of a free roll sometimes in what I did last year, playing wing or centre and just popping up wherever. I’ll just keep doing that really.”