Leeds Rhinos have secured their third signing ahead of the 2018 season with Gold Coast Titans prop forward Nathaniel Peteru set to make the move to Headingley on a 3-year deal.
The 25-year old New Zealand born forward made his NRL debut for Gold Coast in 2015 and has made 23 appearances for them overall, with 15 of those coming in the 2017 campaign. Peteru was also a part of the New Zealand Warriors’ NYC side in the early stages of his career, but didn’t make an appearance for the first team.
Talking about his move, Peteru commented: “I am really looking forward to joining the Rhinos. I see it as a fresh challenge for me and I am excited about the opportunity to come on board with the team. We have been talking for a while but has speeded up over the last few weeks. My family and I are looking forward to coming to Leeds and for me personally playing in a new competition is something that inspires me. Having watched Leeds, I know they have a winning culture and that is something I want to be part of but most of all I am coming for the challenge
Peteru, who stands at 6ft 5in and weighs over 17 stone, believes that coming to Super League will allow him to take his game to the next level, and Leeds legend Kylie Leuluai was able to convince Peteru that the Rhinos are the right club for him to progress his career at. He said: “I have known Kylie Leuluai for a number of years. I watched him when I was growing up in New Zealand and followed his career when he was at Leeds. Talking to him put my mind at ease when I was looking to come over for a new challenge”.
He went on to say: “Brian McDermott and I have had a couple of conversations and he has been really positive about what I can do. He wants me to push to become a starting forward eventually and that is something I want to do consistently.”
Leeds coach Brain McDermott added: “Nathaniel is someone we have been keeping an eye on for a while and the opportunity arose to bring him over for next season. He is an impressive individual who spoke passionately to us about his commitment to the Rhinos and what he wants to achieve in his own game and with the Rhinos. Moving your family to the other side of the world is not something that anyone takes lightly and it is a measure of Nathaniel’s desire to be successful with the Rhinos that he is ready to come over and be part of our club.”
Peteru joins Catalans Dragons half-back Richie Myler and Warrington Wolves hooker Brad Dwyer on signing for Leeds for next season and beyond.