SAMOA WORLD Cup star Pita Godinet has become Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ latest recruit in readiness for their 2014 Super League campaign.
Wildcats have confirmed the signing of Godinet, who will turn 26 tomorrow, from New Zealand Warriors on a two-year deal and he has become the club’s sixth pre-season signing.
Already in place are ex-Leeds prop Richard Moore and hooker Paul McShane, front-rower Daniel Smith from South Sydney and Australian prop Scott Anderson (Brisbane Broncos) and second-rower Matt Ryan (Parramatta Eels).
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Godinet can play hooker, but is likely to be used by Wakefield Wildcats as a replacement for departed scrum-half Tim Smith, who has joined Salford Red Devils for the 2014 season.
Godinet made a try-scoring debut for Warriors in 2011 and has 17 NRL appearances under his belt.
He played in all four of Samoa’s matches in the recent World Cup, scoring tries in two of them.
The Samoan international was played at hooker in the loss to New Zealand and the win over Papua New Guinea, at stand-off in the victory over France – who are coached by Wildcats boss Richard Agar – and a substitute for the quarter-final defeat by Fiji.
Wakefield had originally hoped to confirm his signing yesterday, but the deal hit a snag and was put on hold.
However, the issue was resolved late in the day and Wildcats were therefore able to make an official announcement of his capture last night.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are also interested in another Australia-based play-maker, Harry Siejka.
The 21-year-old, who can play stand-off or scrum-half, represented Australian Schoolboys before joining Penrith Panthers, where he made four NRL appearances.
He joined New Zealand Warriors last pre-season on a two-year deal, but failed to break into the first team and moved to St George Illawarra mid-way through the campaign, claiming he wanted to return to Sydney.
Wildcats are waiting to hear if Siejka – who follows several Wakefield players and club accounts on the social media internet site Twitter – will qualify for a visa.
But if that fails club officials hope he could still qualify to play in this country due to his Polish ancestry.