Lauitiiti returns to Warriors
Fan favourite Ali Lauitiiti is coming home to finish his playing career with the Warriors in 2016.
Recruitment and development manager Tony Iro today confirmed the legendary back rower has signed a one-year second-tier contract opening the way for him to return to where his top-level career began 17 years ago.
Lauitiiti is bringing his family back to Auckland after eight seasons with the Leeds Rhinos and another four with the Wakefield Wildcats in the English Super League.
"For Ali this is a chance to come back to where it all began," said Iro.
"With his depth of experience he has so much to offer us as a leader and mentor both on and off the field.
"In realigning our squad our goal was to retain and recruit quality players while also ensuring we had a strong blend of experience throughout the wider group.
"While Ali is 36 now we saw he still has his range of skills when he played for Leeds against the Kiwis a few weeks ago."