Salford add Tongan halfback

Salford add Tongan halfback

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Salford Red Devils have announced the signing of Tongan halfback Ata Hingano until the end of the season, with the option to extend for a further two years.

Hingano, who is awaiting visa clearance before he can pull the Red Devils shirt on, is joining from Queensland rugby league outfit Mackay Cutters and can also play at stand-off.

The 24-year-old has also played in the NRL for the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders and has represented Tonga eight times at international level, starting every game of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup at halfback for his country.

Hingano will linkup with Tui Lolohea once again, who he has played with during his time at New Zealand Warriors and at international level for Tonga.

Speaking on the addition of Hingano, head coach Richard Marshall said: “Ata is a brilliant addition to the squad and I’m happy to now have everything over the line regarding the signing.

“Having competed at an elite level over in the NRL and for his country, Ata promises to be an exciting player who despite still being quite young, will provide a good level of experience and knowledge.

“We’re looking forward to working with Ata. He’s a great organiser and kicker and he’ll compliment our existing halfbacks. He’s also quite young so still has time to grow and develop.”

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