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Wests Tigers sign Starford To’a

Wests Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of outside back Starford To’a, effective immediately, for the next two seasons.

The two-year deal will see the former Newcastle Knights player join the club for the start of the 2022 NRL season and remain in Wests Tigers colours until at least the end of the 2023 season.

The 21-year-old made his NRL debut in 2019 in which he scored a try in his opening match and has since gone on to claim 11 four-pointers in 20 first-grade appearances.

Although To’a has played all of his NRL matches on the wing, he is capable of featuring at fullback and in the centres — adding great depth to the Wests Tigers backline.

The Auckland-born To’a has already played at a representative level, having featured for the Junior Kiwis and Australian Schoolboys.

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire said To’a would be a great addition to the club.

“Starford is a talented player with NRL experience and I’m really pleased to welcome him to our team,” Maguire said.

“Starford will be a great addition to the talented young squad that we’re building, and I look forward to him joining the team ahead of the 2022 NRL season.”

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe welcomed To’a’s arrival to the club.

“On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I’d like to say how pleased we are to welcome Starford to our club,” Pascoe said.

“We are looking forward to watching him improve further in the NRL at Wests Tigers.”

To’a will link up with the club immediately as he begins pre-season training with the squad.