Castleford complete signing of Peter Mata'utia

Peter Mata'utia - joined Castleford
Peter Mata'utia - joined Castleford

The player exodus from Leigh has continued with full-back Peter Mata'utia joining Castleford on a three-year deal.

Mata'utia, 27, will link up with the Tigers immediately, on loan until the end of the season, and could make his debut in Sunday's last round of the regular Super League season at Widnes, where he could go up against his former Leigh captain Harrison Hansen.

Mata'utia, who played for Samoa in the 2017 World Cup, made more than 70 appearances in the NRL with Newcastle and St George Illawarra before joining Leigh, for whom he scored nine tries in 20 appearances this year.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "I would like to welcome Peter to our club. He is a player we have been watching all season.

"He is a quality outside back who can play in different positions, but we have signed him primarily as a full-back.

"I am delighted with this signing and I look forward to seeing his impact on the group and the team in this season and throughout his contract.

"I have heard nothing but positive things about Peter and I'm confident he will be an outstanding acquisition for the Tigers."

Mata'utia, who becomes the Tigers' second full-back recruit in the last two months following the arrival of Quentin Laulu-Togagae, was due to train with his new club on Thursday.

"I can't wait to start training with my new team-mates," he said. "Castleford as a club excites me and I can't wait to get playing with this team.

"Everyone I have spoken to raves about this club, about the coaching environment and the passionate fans, and I'm just really excited to pull on a Castleford shirt and experience my first game here."

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