Leuluai is a bit of a journeyman with four clubs to his name in seven years. He's worn the colours of Wests Tigers, Sydney Roosters, Paramatta Ells and currently the Manly Sea Eagles. He's also been capped for his country (World Cup 2000) and was in last years New Zealand 'A' side.|
Sixty-two outings, and just four tries, in seven years may set alarm bells ringing, as might his five games from the bench so far in the 2006 season.
Hetherington and Smith must have seen something in Kylie that four previous coaches haven't and feel that they have the necessary skills to bring the best out of a player who, for the most part, seems to be a 'making up the numbers' kind of guy. Without doubt, the acquisition of a 5'11" and 17st 12lb is a move in the right direction, and he will have soul mates in Lauiti'iti and Toopi and possibly Willie Poching for the 2007 season.
Time will tell whether his signing is genius, or a panic buy, lets hope it is the former.