Former Kiwis star Asotasi heads to England

Last updated 11:16 02/07/2013

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South Sydney veteran Roy Asotasi has announced he will leave the NRL at season's end to join English Super League club Warrington.

The 31-year-old front-rower has signed a two-year deal with the Wolves from 2014, the Rabbitohs said in a statement on Tuesday.

Asotasi has played 206 first-grade games since making his NRL debut in 2002 - 122 of them for South Sydney.

He's also played 25 Tests for New Zealand and Samoa, who he is set to captain at this year's rugby league World Cup.

Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson said Asotasi kick-started the club's "revolution" when he joined them back in 2007.

"Roy was the best prop forward in the game at the time and his faith in the vision for the club has led us to where we are heading now," Richardson said.

"Roy is one of our forward leaders and will always be remembered as such, and now he has an opportunity to extend his career at a quality English Club in Warrington."

Asotasi said he's looking forward to beginning his new adventure in England but added the ride is not over with the Rabbitohs.

"I'll always think of myself as a South Sydney boy, and I'll be looking forward to the next chapter of my career once this season comes to a close," the prop said.

"We have much more to achieve at this club and the job isn't done yet. I'm looking forward to playing my part for the rest of the year."

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire praised Asotasi's professionalism and his part in mentoring several players in his current ladder-leading squad.

"He wanted the club to progress in the right direction and he's played a huge role in helping us take that direction," Maguire said.

Asotasi will join his teammates in Perth this week ahead of Sunday's match against the Warriors.

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