The Gold Coast Titans have confirmed the signing of Leilani Latu on a three-year deal following his release from the Penrith Panthers.
The 24-year-old made his NRL debut for the Panthers against the Rabbitohs in Round 21 of season 2015 and joins the Titans with 49 appearances to his name. Latu has also made two appearances for the Indigenous All-Stars team and played one match for City Origin.
The St Johns Eagles junior will join his new team-mates this morning at the TFH High-Performance Centre for his first training session.
“I’m really looking forward to getting up to the Gold Coast,” Latu said. “I’ve crossed paths with a few of the guys before so it will be good to play with them week in, week out.
“Of course it’ll be good to hook-up with Garth again. I enjoyed being coached by him before and he always challenges me which is something I’m looking forward to again.
“I had a good look at the roster before making my final decision and I’m excited by what I’ve seen. There are a lot of young boys with bright futures so hopefully, we can do well.”
Head Coach Garth Brennan is pleased to have secured the services of Latu.
“Leilani is a player with a great attitude and is a great clubman,” Brennan said.
“He’s had three strong years in the NRL and after discussing the prospect of him coming to the club, I know he’s extremely excited about the opportunity.
“He’ll fit into our squad nicely and I’m sure he’ll form a major part of our forward pack for many years to come.”
Gold Coast Titans 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Jai Arrow (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Bryce Cartwright (Penrith Panthers, 2021), Brendan Elliot (Newcastle Knights, 2018), Moeaki Fotuaika (2021), Michael Gordon (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos, 2018), Leilani Latu (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Brenko Lee (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2018), Will Matthews (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Mitch Rein (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Jack Stockwell (Newcastle Knights, 2018)|
|2018 Losses: Tyler Cornish (released), Chris Grevsmuhl (released), Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels), Karl Lawton (New Zealand Warriors), Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers), Ben Nakubuwai (Salford Red Devils), John Olive (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Agnatius Paasi (New Zealand Warriors), Nathaniel Peteru (Leeds Rhinos), Leivaha Pulu (New Zealand Warriors), Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves), Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors), Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions), Daniel Vidot (retired), William Zillman (released)|
|Re-Signed: Morgan Boyle (2020), Konrad Hurrell (2019), Ryan James (2020), Nathan Peats (2020), Phillip Sami (2020), Ryan Simpkins (2018), Ashley Taylor (2021)|
|Off Contract 2018: Alexander Brimson, Dale Copley, Anthony Don, Kane Elgey, Brendan Elliot, Keegan Hipgrave, Max King, Brenko Lee, Mitch Rein, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Ryan Simpkins, Jack Stockwell, Jai Whitbread|