Lauitiiti returning to Warriors

Ali Lauitiiti will leave Wakefield Wildcats to see out his career in the NRL.

The 36 year-old has agreed a one-year deal with New Zealand Warriors, the club where he started his career.

In 2012 the former Dally M second-rower of the year joined the Wildcats from Leeds Rhinos, where he had won five Super League titles and two World Club Challenges.

The former New Zealand and Tonga international made 84 appearances during his four seasons with the Wildcats, but will return to the club where he spent the first six years of his career.

Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro told Zerotackle.com: “For Ali this is a chance to come back to where it all began.”

“With his depth of experience he has so much to offer us as a leader and mentor both on and off the field.

“In realigning our squad our goal was to retain and recruit quality players while also ensuring we had a strong blend of experience throughout the wider group.”

And Iro admitted to being impressed by Lauitiiti’s performance during New Zealand’s recent exhibition match with the Rhinos: “While Ali is 36 now we saw he still has his range of skills when he played for Leeds against the Kiwis a few weeks ago.”

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