Warrington sign prop Akauola for 2018

Warrington have signed prop Sitaleki Akauola from NRL side Penrith Panthers on a two-year deal.

Akauola, 25, has made 21 appearances for the Panthers and was previously with Wests Tigers.

Wolves CEO, Karl Fitzpatrick, said: “We’ve been monitoring the player market very carefully and waiting for the right type of player to become available. 

“When we were made aware of Sitaleki’s availability we knew we had to act fast as he’s extremely well thought of in the NRL. 

“With his aggressive style and explosive running he gained a great reputation in Australia, I think he’ll become a firm favourite with the Warrington supporters.”

Akauola is a former team-mate of recent Wolves signing Peta Hiku and has represented Tonga at international level.

He said: “For me personally it’s a really good opportunity to give me that extra drive. I’ve heard a lot about the Super League so I am excited and looking forward to the new challenges. I know there’s a lot of quality players at the Warrington club so hopefully I can add something to that. I like the crash and bash in the middle. 

“I’ve spoken to Peta (Hiku) about the move, he’s said nothing but good things. He loves it over there and since he moved the players have all made him feel very welcome which is good to hear. I’m looking forward to being part of Warrington Wolves.”

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