Dragons sign Willie Tonga
Catalans Dragons have signed today Willie Tonga on a two-year deal from the start of the 2015 season.
The 30-year-old Queensland and Kangaroos representative, who is currently playing at Parramatta Eels, has made 179 NRL appearances and scored 79 tries.
"I’m really satisfied to be able to announce the addition of Willie to our squad for the next two seasons.”
“ He is a World class player who will add power, pace and skills in our backline who is outstanding this season so far.”
“ Willie has played at the very highest level in the NRL, in State of Origin and for his Country and he will bring his experience to the the squad.”said Laurent Frayssinous.
Tonga started his career at Parramatta in 2002 before returning to the club he debuted in 2012.
He also played for the Bulldogs, with whom he won the 2004 NRL Premiership and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Tonga has represented Queensland on 8 occasions in State of Origin, scoring 3 tries and has also scored 8 tries in 12 Test matches for Australia.
The Australian centre or winger has been named in the extended 22-man squad last month for the 2014 State of Origin II.
" Willie Tonga is a marquee signing for us. When a player of Willie's calibre decides to join us, it's a strong sign to show everyone our ambition.”
“Willie has all the qualities we are looking for both on and off the field and his experience will prove invaluable to the young players who are coming through at the club. It is a great opportunity for them to continue their learning under one of the best centres in the game.”
“We started the discussions with Willie a long time ago and it has been a pleasure to find an agreement with his agent Isaac Moses with who we have excellent relations." Commented club CEO Christophe Jouffret.
Date of Birth: 8 August ,1983
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 100 kg
Position: Centre, Winger
Rep. Honours: Australia (2004-05, 2010-11) : 12 appearances, 8 tries | Queensland (2004, 2009-11) : 8 appearances, 3 tries | Prime Minister's XIII (2010) : 1 appearance, 1 try | Indigenous All Stars (2011) : 1 appearance
Previous Clubs: Canterbury Bulldogs, North Queensland Cowboys, Parramatta Eels
NRL Debut: Parramatta v Sydney Roosters, 21 june 2002 round 15
NRL Stats : Parramatta (2002-03, 2012-14) : 38 appearances, 7 tries | Canterbury Bulldogs (2004-08) : 81 appearances, 37 tries | North Queensland Cowboys (2009-11) : 60 appearances, 34 tries