The selection of Aiton sees him elevated from an assistant coaching role to a head coaching job. It comes as the Hunters have made strides in an upward trajectory for the past few years.
He also reached the 250-game milestone after stints in both the NRL and English Super League. In the NRL, he played for the Penrith Panthers and Cronulla Sharks - appearing in 108 games and scoring 52 points.
SP PNG Hunters Chairman Stan Joyce stated that he is “excited to see one of PNG's finest Rugby League products take the helm at the Hunters and help more of our young Papua New Guinean young men to develop and realise their dreams to play overseas.”
As well as confirming Aiton as their new coach, the PNG Hunters have announced a 40-man extended training squad in preparation for next season.
PNG Hunters Extended Squad
Morea Morea, Solo Wane, Brandon Nima, Siki Konden, Joshua Lau, Jamie Mavoko, Judah Rimbu, Epel Kapinias, Benji Kot, Sherwin Tanabi, Sanny Wabo, Seal Kalo, Tommy Moide, Trevor Solu, Sakias Komati, Whallan Tau-Loi, Junior Igila, Joshua Mire, Junior Rop, Ila Alu
Douzen Hoyato, Douglas Pirika, Elijah Roltinga, Clent Lama, Kevin Yako, Zachariah Selu, Garry James, Finlay Glare, Limbi Henry, Junior Talin, Atua Joshua, Alex Max, Jordan Pat, Anthony Worot, Norman Akunai, Chris Urakusie, Wendle Kipsy, Ishmael Waine, Robert Mathias
Reynolds Tai, Gregan Format, Gabriel Kaupa, Bruce Bawase, Gairo Voro, Felix Beki
Jerry Joe, Brendan Turi, Manash Kai, Weiayh Koi