Wakefield sign Samoa international star Pita Godinet from New Zealand Warriors
Wakefield have signed Samoa international Pita Godinet on a two-year deal from New Zealand Warriors.
Last Updated: 20/12/13 11:58am
The scrum-half, 26 on Saturday, is a straight replacement for Tim Smith who joined Salford earlier this year.
The arrival of Godinet from the New Zealand Warriors is a timely boost for the Wildcats, who have seen a number of departures as a result of financial restructuring.
Coach Richard Agar has scoured the market for bargains, though, and having witnessed Godinet first-hand at the recent World Cup, he is confident he has signed the right man.
"He is a skilful player and I think he will make a big impact. He will also give us cover at six or nine," he said.
"Half-backs are at a premium and it is a difficult time of the season to try and sign new players so I am delighted we have signed him and I certainly think he will add something to our squad.
"Our first enquiry was rebuffed but I think Pita realised that it would be a tremendous opportunity to play in Super League and become an important player for us."
Wakefield have lost the likes of Smith, Paul Aiton and Ben Cockayne over recent weeks and months, but have moved to offset their departures with the signings of Godinet, Paul McShane and Richard Moore.