Maitua set to arrive at Featherstone

Reni Maitua's move to Featherstone has beenn delayed by red tape.
Reni Maitua's move to Featherstone has beenn delayed by red tape.
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Featherstone Rovers have been given a boost with news that former Australia and Samoa international Reni Maitua is finally set to arrive at the club.

Rovers unveiled the signing of former Canterbury Bulldogs player Maitua on a two-year contract in December but his move from Australia to England has been delayed by red tape.

Featherstone say his visa has now been approved and the 32-year-old forward will arrive in time for Monday’s Championship home game against Sheffield Eagles.

Maitua said: “I’m delighted everything has been approved and I’m buzzing about coming to the UK. It’s been a long process and the last few days have been quite anxious but this is fantastic news.”

Maitua, whose tally of 174 NRL appearances include spells with Cronulla and Parramatta, played for Australia in the 2006 Tri Nations Series before switching his allegiance and representing Samoa in the 2013 World Cup as well as the 2014 Four Nations Series.