Salford Red Devils bring together Tonga half-backs Ata Hingano and Tui Lolohea to revive Super League campaign | Rugby League News
The Red Devils signed 24-year-old Ata Hingano until the end of the season, with a two-year extension option; Salford coach Richard Marshall said: “Ata is a brilliant addition to the squad and I’m happy to have everything on the signing line now.”
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Last updated: 06/15/21 10:47 PM
Salford are set to bring together Tonga half-backs Ata Hingano and Tui Lolohea in a bid to revive their Super League campaign.
The Red Devils, who have won just one of their opening nine games, have signed a contract with 24-year-old Hingano until the end of the season, with the option of extending it for two years.
Hingano, who is awaiting visa clearance, has performed alongside Lolohea in the New Zealand Warriors and internationally with Tonga.
They were in tandem when Tonga pushed England to the end of the 2017 World Cup semi-final in Auckland.
Hingano, who also played in the NRL for Canberra, played this season with the Queensland team Mackay Cutters.
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Salford coach Richard Marshall said: “Ata is a brilliant addition to the squad and I’m happy to have everything on the line now regarding the signing.
“Having competed at an elite level in the NRL and for his country, Ata promises to be an exciting player who, although still quite young, will provide a good level of experience and knowledge.
“We are looking forward to working with Ata. He is a great organizer and kicker and he will complement our existing half-backs. He is also quite young and therefore still has time to grow and develop.”
Hingano will help close the short-term gap created by the injury of half-back Kevin Brown, who hangs up his boots at the end of the year.
Rugby and Operations Director Ian Blease said: “With our injury list not improving for the past few weeks, it is important that we show our supporters and sponsors that we are determined to compete at the highest level. Ata’s level and signature and pedigree give us this new player injection that I’m really excited about. “