The Gold Coast Titans have today signed one of the brightest young talents in the NRL with Tino Fa’asuamaleaui to join the club from the Melbourne Storm in season 2021.
The 19-year-old has signed a three-year contract that will see him at the club through until at least the end of season 2023.
Fa’asuamaleaui was born in Orange, NSW, before moving to play his junior rugby league for the Gympie Devils in Queensland. He then made the Queensland under-16s and was then signed by the Melbourne Storm, playing for their feeder-side Sunshine Coast Falcons.
In 2018, the second rower then switched to play for Easts Tigers and was selected in the under-18s Queensland side, and then played in the Queensland under-20s, before playing in the Junior Kangaroos side at the end of the season.
The 197cm forward made his NRL debut in Round 16 of season 2019 for the Storm against the Dragons, playing five games to finish the year. Fa’asuamaleaui then played in the Prime Minister’s XIII and also the under-23s Australian side. He then honoured his family heritage by playing for Samoa in an end of season Test.
Head Coach Justin Holbrook is excited to have Tino join the Club from 2021.
“Tino has already proven to be one of the most promising young players in the game and we’re excited to have him joining the Titans,” Holbrook said.
“His signing is a huge win for the Club considering the high-demand and interest there was in Tino from a number of NRL Clubs.
“We have a great crop of local talent here and off the back of the re-signing of AJ Brimson, Moeaki Fotuaika and Phil Sami, Tino is another one of those young players that we can look forward to seeing in action in the future.”