Head Coach Tony Rea said: “He had a potentially good career still in front of him in the NRL but he thought that the best way to school himself was to come here. He proved himself on the world stage and was outstanding in a tough, important game.
“The Tongans showed their confidence in playing him and he played particularly well, winning all his effort areas and did the team things you need from a full-back. He’s a potential superstar.”
Mataitonga is the seventh new arrival at The Hive in the past week, following on from the signings of George Griffin, Scott Moore, Alex Foster (loan), Thomas Minns (loan), James Duckworth (loan) and Denny Solomona (subject to visa clearance).