Coach Richard Agar has described winger David Fusitu’a as a “world class” talent after he agreed to join Leeds Rhinos (2022 Super League outright 8/1) for the start of the 2022 season.

The 27-year-old joins up from National Rugby League side New Zealand Warriors and has signed a two-year contract with his new club.

He scored 61 tries in 108 appearances for the Auckland-based outfit and was the top try scorer in the 2018 season, crossing over 23 times.

Seven years after making his club debut for the Warriors, he leaves with two years remaining on his contract and will venture into the Super League for the first time.

At international level, Fusitu’a has represented Tonga nine times, scoring five tries while he was also capped by New Zealand – the country of his birth – twice in 2016.

Agar says the addition of Fusitu’a will be a huge boost as the Rhinos seek to reclaim the Super League title, fours years after their last success when defeating Castleford Tigers at Old Trafford.

“Undoubtedly, he is a world-class talent, you only need to look at his highlights reel and see the spectacular tries he can score to know he will soon become a crowd favourite at the Rhinos,” he said.

“In the modern era, it is rare that a player of his ability becomes available for a Super League club and it is a great boost for us to have beaten off competition from a number of clubs to have secured his signature.”

Fusitu’a, who can also operate at centre and full-back, added: “Leeds play an exciting brand of rugby league and I am excited to come over and be a part of that.”

He completes the Rhinos’ overseas players quota with half-backs Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer arriving for the 2022 season.

Matt Prior, Zane Tetevano, Bodene Thompson and Rhyse Martin are all under contract for next season.

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