Paul Aiton

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Paul Aiton
Personal information
Born (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 29)
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker, Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2009 Penrith Panthers 72 8 0 0 32
2010–2011 Cronulla-Sutherland 36 5 0 0 20
2012–2013 Wakefield Trinity 47 7 0 0 28
2014– Leeds 7 0 0 0 0
Total 162 20 0 0 80
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–2013 Papua New Guinea 12 1 0 0 4
As of 8 May 2014
Source: League Central, Rugby League Project

Paul Aiton (born 29 May 1985 in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea) is a Papua New Guinean rugby league player who has signed to play for Super League side Leeds Rhinos from the 2014 season [1]

Aiton previously played for Wakefield Trinity in England's Super League. He previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Penrith Panthers in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL). He primarily plays at hooker.

With his family, Aiton moved to Caboolture, Queensland in the early 1990s. He played his junior football with the Caboolture Snakes before signing with Wests Panthers in Brisbane. His stint at the Penrith Panthers' feeder club led to a contract with the NRL club in 2003 and he finally made his NRL debut in 2006. In 2004, Aiton was selected to play for Papua New Guinea against Australia.[2]

Aiton played for the Penrith Panthers until the end of the 2009 season. He then played for Cronulla in 2010 and 2011, before moving to Wakefield Trinity in England on a two year contract from 2012.[3]

Aiton was named in the Papua New Guinea training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4]

He captained Papua New Guinea in the 2010 Four Nations tournament.

He played for Papua New Guinea in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leeds Rhinos sign Paul Aiton from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Paul Aiton, our wantok". Post Courier (Papua New Guinea). 25 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Aiton joins Wakefield". rleague.com. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "PNG name preliminary squad". RLWC.com. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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