AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 28: Pita Godinet of Samoa passes the ball out during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The Wests Tigers have confirmed the signing of Samoan international Pita Godinet for the 2018 season.

Godinet has played 61 career games since making his first-grade debut for the New Zealand Warriors in 2011, moving to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 2014 for two seasons before returning to the NRL with the Manly Sea Eagles.

He has also played 10 Tests for Samoa, having recently featured in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign.

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary welcomed Godinet to the club.

“Pita is an experienced player who is capable of playing every position in the spine, which is a great asset for our squad,” Cleary said. “He has plenty of experience in big games with Samoa, and we look forward to him joining Wests Tigers in 2018.”

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe echoed Cleary’s welcome to Godinet.

“On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to welcome Pita to Wests Tigers,” said Pascoe. “We’ve built a squad that offers depth across the park and we look forward to seeing Pita add to that when he joins us.

“We’re entering an exciting time for Wests Tigers and we look forward to having Pita as a part of that,” he said.

Wests Tigers 2023 Player Movements

2023 Gains
Sione Fainu (Manly Sea Eagles, 2024), Josh Feledy (2024), David Klemmer (Newcastle Knights, 2026), Apisai Koroisau (Penrith Panthers, 2025), Christian Ma'anaima (2023), Isaiah Papali'i (Parramatta Eels, 2025), Will Smith (Gold Coast Titans, 2023), Charlie Staines (Penrith Panthers, 2023)
2023 Losses
Luke Garner (Penrith Panthers), Oliver Gildart (The Dolphins), Jackson Hastings (Newcastle Knights), Luciano Leilua (North Queensland Cowboys), Jacob Liddle (St George Illawarra Dragons), Jock Madden (Brisbane Broncos), Thomas Mikaele (Warrington Wolves), Zane Musgrove (St George Illawarra Dragons), Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers), James Roberts (retired), James Tamou (North Queensland Cowboys), Kelma Tuilagi (Manly Sea Eagles)
Re-Signed
Shawn Blore (2024), Asu Kepaoa (2024), Justin Matamua (2025), Brent Naden (2025), Joe Ofahengaue (2025), Tommy Talau (2023), Starford To'a (2024), Brandon Tumeth (2025), Alex Twal (2024)
Off Contract 2023
Luke Brooks, Adam Doueihi, Kitione Kautoga, Daine Laurie, Christian Ma'anaima, Apisalome Saukuru, Alex Seyfarth, Tukimihia Simpkins, Will Smith, Charlie Staines, Tommy Talau

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