Wakefield confirm signing of NRL prop forward Renouf Atoni

Renouf Atoni. PA Images Credit: Alamy
Renouf Atoni. PA Images Credit: Alamy

Wakefield have confirmed the signing of prop forward Renouf Atoni from the NRL for the 2023 season, with an option of a further year.

Atoni, 27, makes the switch from the Sydney Roosters, having made his NRL debut back in 2018 with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The New Zealand-born prop failed to register an appearance in 2022 for the Roosters, and previously played 43 games for the Bulldogs.

He becomes Wakefield’s third addition ahead of the 2023 season alongside Morgan Smith and Kevin Proctor.

Renouf Atoni: I can’t wait to get started

Speaking of the move, he said: “I’m really excited to be joining Wakefield Trinity in the Super League.

“The chance to come over and prove myself in the English game is one I’m really looking forward to and I couldn’t let it pass by.

“My first goal and focus right now is to rip into training straight away with the boys. I’ve obviously missed the first few weeks of pre-season, so when I come over that’s the first thing I’m wanting to do.

“I know Kelepi (Tanginoa) and Jorge (Taufua) from their time in the NRL. They are both great players and it will be unbelievable to be able to take to the pitch with both of them. On top of that, I can’t wait to meet the rest of the players and form a bond with them that we can take onto the pitch in 2023.

“I really can’t wait to get started and to get to know the people of Wakefield.”

Wakefield head coach Mark Applegarth added: “We are absolutely delighted to secure the services of Renouf.

“He will add some real size and punch to our pack and we feel he will complement our squad really well. Renouf is a player we were keen to get signed so to have it over the line is great news for the club moving into the new season.

“We can’t wait to get him here and start to work with him in training.”

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