Leeds Rhinos' Ali Lauitiiti to leave at end of season

Ali Lauitiiti
Lauitiiti is Leeds' most successful overseas player

Leeds Rhinos' back-rower Ali Lauitiiti will leave the club at the end of the season.

In his seven years at Leeds, the 32-year-old has won four Grand Finals, two League Leaders Shields and two World Club Challenges.

The Samoan international said: "My time at the Rhinos has been the best years of my rugby career and I am honoured to have played for such a great club.

"I'll leave having made friends for life and wish the club every success."

He continued: "I am looking forward to playing my part for the squad over the next few months so we finish the season on a high.

"I want to remain in Super League for next season and I am hoping to make some decisions in the near future."

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington added: "Ali has been an outstanding servant to the Leeds.

"It is almost unheard of for a player from overseas to remain at a club for so long, however such has been Ali's loyalty and dedication to the club that he has become one of our own.

"When he moves on at the end of the season he will leave with us some incredible memories and will always be welcome back to Headingley."

Head coach Brian McDermott added: "Ali is a true professional and someone who is a pleasure to coach.

"His career highlights alone would be enough to convince anyone to fall in love with our game and we wish him and his family every success for the future."

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