Paul Aiton

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Paul Aiton
Personal information
Born (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 30)
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Hooker, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–09 Penrith 72 8 0 0 32
2010–11 Cronulla-Sutherland 36 5 0 0 20
2012–13 Wakefield Trinity 47 7 0 0 28
2014– Leeds 47 3 0 0 12
2016 Catalans 0 0 0 0 0
Total 202 23 0 0 92
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–13 Papua New Guinea 12 1 0 0 4
As of 7 August 2015
Source: Love Rugby League, RLP

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 [2]

Aiton previously played for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage #1309) 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.[3]

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.[4]

Aiton was named in the Papua New Guinea training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[5]

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

He played for Papua New Guinea in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. During the World Cup, Paul signed a three-year deal to play with Super League heavyweights Leeds Rhinos starting in 2014.[6]

On the 5th of August 2015, Aiton terminated his three-year deal after 2 years with the Leeds Rhinos, instead moving on to play for France's biggest rugby league franchise the Catalans Dragons. Aiton said “I will always be honoured to have played for Leeds Rhinos but the opportunity to move to France from next season and be part of the Dragons was something that excited me at this stage in my career." He signed a three-year deal with the Dragons beginning in the 2016 season.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Paul Aiton Leeds Rhinos". Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Leeds Rhinos sign Paul Aiton from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Paul Aiton, our wantok". Post Courier (Papua New Guinea). 25 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Aiton joins Wakefield". 17 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "PNG name preliminary squad". 1 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Leeds Rhinos sign Paul Aiton from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats". BBC Sport. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Catalans Dragons sign Paul Aiton from Leeds Rhinos". SkySports. 2015-08-05. Retrieved 2015-08-09. 

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