Wests Tigers sign 20-year-old Asu Kepaoa until end of 2023

Asu Kepaoa. Picture: Wests Tigers
Asu Kepaoa. Picture: Wests Tigers

Promising young talent Asu Kepaoa will be a Wests Tiger until at least the end of the 2023 season, with the 20-year-old signing a new contract this week.

Kepaoa has joined the Wests Tigers, effective immediately, after being granted a release from the Sydney Roosters as they prepare to welcome Sonny Bill Williams back to the NRL.

The outside back - who is yet to back his first grade debut - said he was thrilled to be starting this next chapter of his career.

"I'm really excited to be here and take the next step in my journey," 'AJ' Kepaoa said.

"Looking at the club and how it's building, I think I can help take it to the next level and it can do the same for me too.

"It makes me excited to know that if I keep working hard then there's an opportunity right there in front of me and it's up to me to take it with both hands."

Kepaoa played his junior football with the Roosters before earning his spot in the Tricolours' squad at the Perth Nines earlier this year.

The versatile back picked up five tries for the North Sydney Bears in the 2019 Canterbury Cup competition.

Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe welcomed the young gun to the club.

"On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I'd like to welcome AJ to Wests Tigers and say how excited we are to have him part of or club moving forward," he said.

"AJ is a tremendously exciting young talent who clearly has a big future ahead of him and we're looking forward to him progressing forward in a Wests Tigers jersey."

Coach Michael Maguire said Kepaoa would be a strong addition to the squad for the remainder of 2020.

"I'm extremely pleased to welcome AJ to Wests Tigers at this point of the season," he said.

"I've been very impressed by his knowledge, leadership and his character both on and off the field.

"He is a bright and talented player, and his excitement to join this club is a strong show of intent in what we're building at Wests Tigers."