Tonga signs for Centurions

Leigh Centurions have completed the signing of Willie Tonga from Catalans Dragons.

The former Australia international was granted a release from the French side after enduring a frustrating debut season in Super League.

The 32 year-old scored seven tries in 19 appearances for the Dragons last season, but last featured for Catalans in mid-August.

Tonga appeared in eight State of Origin matches for Queensland and earned a dozen caps for Australia, scoring eight tries in the green and gold.

Leigh head coach Paul Rowley is delighted to have landed a player of Tonga’s quality: “His pedigree is just unbelievable,” he told TotalRL.com.

“He’s played for Australia and Queensland. He’s a great signing and we’ve made a point of saying we want to become a more professional club and he is another who has played in superb environments.

“We’ve been very patient. We’ve had a lot of names thrown at us, but sometimes it just feels right and Willie did. We’ve searched every corner of the globe and we feel like we’ve come up with a great addition.

Tonga is the latest high profile addition to Rowley’s squad following the likes of Rangi Chase, Corey Paterson and Harrison Hansen

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