Samoa star Tim Lafai makes Super League move

Drew Darbyshire
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Tim Lafai in action for Samoa

Salford have signed Samoa international Tim Lafai on a one-year deal for the 2022 Super League season. 

The 30-year-old centre has made 170 NRL appearances for Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Lafai has won 13 caps for his native Samoa. He has played for his country in two World Cups. He also represented Samoa at the Nines World Cup in 2019.

On joining Salford, Lafai said: “I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my career. I can’t wait to get to work as soon as I arrive.

“My family and I are excited to be part of the Salford community and we’re grateful for this opportunity.”

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Salford’s signing of Lafai comes at a crucial time for the club. The Red Devils will begin the season without Harvey Livett and Kallum Watkins through injury.

Salford coach Paul Rowley said: “As it stands, we would not be able to fill an established back line due to a few of our lads out through injury for the start of the season.

“Not only does Tim help to fill a gap, he will fill it with much-needed experience and quality. I’m really pleased to have him on board.”

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Salford boss pleased to secure services of Tim Lafai

Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to land Tim’s signature. He is an established NRL and international player who will bring heaps of experience and rugby knowledge to the pack.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing Tim pull on the Salford shirt in 2022 and I have no doubt he will be at home here in the UK.”

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