The Salford Red Devils have announced the signing of winger Manu Vatuvei from the New Zealand Warriors until the end of the 2018 season.
Vatuvei, who has earned himself the nickname The Beast, has scored 152 times in just over 200 appearances for the Warriors.
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The New Zealand international will be joining a team challenging in the top four of the Betfred Super League and preparing for a Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan Warriors at the end of the month.
Red Devils head coach Ian Watson has said that he thinks Vatuvei’s experience will help boost his team, “Manu is a great signing for us. He has such an impact on the game from the backfield and is a real handful for opposition defences to deal with. Manu is a winner, and has experience of being in those high pressure, big game situations. He will be able to bring that experience into our existing playing group which will be a massive benefit for our young squad.”
Watson went on to say that Vatuvei is motived and wants to come and help the club win. He believes that he will work hard and earn respect through performances. He also said that the fact that a player of Vatuvei’s stature wants to play for them shows “how far we have come as a team and as a club”.
In other team news, the club has said that it will enforce a lifetime ban on the spectator who threw an object at the referee after Sunday’s defeat to Leeds.
Official James Chile was struck by a plastic pint glass thrown by a supporter when walking down the tunnel after the game. The team then issued a statement calling the behaviour “unacceptable” and said that the fan responsible will be facing a lifetime ban.