Wolves capture Asotasi

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2nd July 2013

Warrington Wolves have signed former New Zealand captain Roy Asotasi to help plug the gaps caused by the end-of-season departures of front-row forwards Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell.

The 31-year-old Asotasi, currently in his seventh season with South Sydney, will take up a two-year contract with the Wolves after captaining Samoa in the 2013 World Cup.

Asotasi, who won the NRL premiership in 2004 with Canterbury Bulldogs, played 24 times for the Kiwis before switching his allegiance to Samoa earlier this year.

"I've been at Souths for seven years and it's now time to experience a bit of a change on the other side of the world in Super League and to experience the culture," Asotasi said.

"With Warrington being a top-three side in the competition who better to join for this opportunity than a team of that quality.

"I'm definitely excited. One door closes, another opens and I'm excited to becoming part of the Warrington team and getting involved with the boys and the fan base."

Asotasi will be a ready-made replacement for the 36-year-old Morley, who is to play out the rest of his career with his hometown club Salford City Reds in 2014.

Warrington coach Tony Smith said: "We are delighted to add such a high-quality player to an already very strong squad. His wealth of experience will be a fantastic addition."

South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson said: "Roy started the revolution at the Rabbitohs when he signed with us back in 2006 and we will never forget that.

"Roy was the best prop forward in the game at the time and his faith in the vision for the club has led us to where we are heading now.

"Roy has played well over 100 first-grade games for this club, overcome some tough battles with injury, captained the club for a number of seasons and has given 100% every time he's pulled on the red and green jersey.

"Roy is one of our forward leaders and will always be remembered as such and now he has an opportunity to extend his career at a quality English club in Warrington."

Wolves capture Asotasi 2013.superleague.co.uk