Warrington step up chase for NRL forward

Warrington Wolves have emerged as the favourites to sign Gold Coast Titans forward Leilani Latu.

The 26-year-old has been offered to Super League clubs in recent weeks and League Express understands the Wolves have made a move to sign him to complete their squad for the 2020 season.

Warrington CEO Karl Fitzpatrick confirmed earlier this year that the club is on the lookout for a forward, having missed out on New Zealand international Zane Tetevano.

“We’re actively looking for a middle, yes, but we’re also quite well-stocked too,” he said.

“We’ve got Chris Hill, Mike Cooper, Joe Philbin and Sitaleki Akauola, and then the likes of Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jack Hughes and Jason Clark can all cover.

“I have to emphasise that it has to be the right deal for the club if we are to do anything. We’re going to keep our powder dry and wait for the right thing to materialise.”

Latu, who represented Tonga in 2017, is free to leave Justin Holbrook’s Titans after making just three appearances for the NRL wooden spoon holders.

He was a regular during a four-year spell with Penrith, making 43 appearances for the Panthers during 2016 & 2017.

However, he has played just nine games in two years for Gold Coast, leaving him on the outer.

But Warrington look set to offer him a chance at more regular action, in a move that would finalise Steve Price’s squad for the upcoming campaign.