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Paul Aiton begins life at the Rhinos on Boxing Day

Papua New Guinea international Paul Aiton has been cleared to make his debut for the Rhinos in the Heatshot Festive Challenge on Boxing Day at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 11.30am, against his former club, Wakefield.
Aiton was part of the Papua New Guinea side that exited the Rugby League World Cup at the pool stages and he had a taste of the Headingley Carnegie atmosphere when the Kumuls played World Champions New Zealand. However, he is now set to don the famous blue and amber shirt for the first time on Boxing Day after receiving all his necessary documentation to begin playing at the Rhinos.
The former Penrith and Cronulla hooker ensured all his paperwork was in order before jetting home to Australia after the World Cup to make sure that he could be involved on Boxing Day and will arrive back with the Rhinos at the end of next week. That could set up an intriguing clash with Paul McShane, whose move in the opposite direction to the Wildcats was confirmed yesterday, as both hookers play their first games for their new clubs.
Commenting on Aiton, Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "Paul Aiton has impressed everyone since coming to the club and he was really keen to play on Boxing Day. When overseas players move clubs there is obviously paperwork to completed and Paul went above and beyond what is normally expected to make sure it was all done before he flew home for a well earned rest with his family and friends. He has already spoken about the impression that the Leeds fans made on him when Papua New Guinea played against the Kiwis and I am sure he can not wait for Boxing Day."

Source: The Rhinos.co.uk
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