Lauitiiti commits to Wakefield
Former New Zealand international Ali Lauitiiti is to play on beyond his 37th birthday after signing a new two-year contract with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Lauitiiti, who turned 35 in July, has made 224 Super League appearances since leaving Auckland Warriors a decade ago, the last 60 for the Wildcats after joining them from Leeds Rhinos three years ago, and is now tied to the club to the end of 2016.
"I'm grateful to get the opportunity to sign up again and thankful to the club," said Lauitiiti, who made his comeback in July after undergoing major knee surgery in mid-season.
"It's been an enjoyable three years. It's a great bunch of boys and the coaching staff are good so, although we've had some tough times, the boys have stuck together and had a good team spirit."
Lauitiiti, a five-time Grand Final winner who also enjoyed World Club Challenge glory during his eight years at the Rhinos, is the sixth out-of-contract Wakefield player to sign a new deal with the club.
"Not too many teams possess players with the impact and offensive ability that Ali does," said Wildcats coach James Webster.
"Ali showed a great determination and willingness to play when he got back from his knee injury so we've got a player who is fully committed and I'm really happy we've got him on board.
"I'm really excited about what he brings to our group. There are very few people over the last 10 years that have been able to make an impact in Super League like he has."