Fek­i­toa’s new star name for Wasps

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WASPS have ear­marked All Blacks cen­tre Malakai Fek­i­toa as a mar­quee sign­ing to re­place Kurt­ley Beale who is leav­ing the club at the end of the sea­son. High­landers ace Fek­i­toa is out of con­tract at the end of the year and has said he is open to mov­ing over­seas and has spo­ken to a num­ber of Premier­ship clubs. Fek­i­toa, 24, is look­ing to se­cure his fi­nan­cial fu­ture and that of his fam­ily which could mean leav­ing New Zealand. Har­lequins are also be­lieved to be in the hunt to sign a player who has shown he isn’t scared to move clubs af­ter leav­ing the Blues to join the High­landers.

But Wasps have emerged as se­ri­ous con­tenders to land Ton­gan-born Fek­i­toa, who was a mem­ber of the All Blacks 2015 World Cup win­ning squad.

He is been in no rush to sit down and agree a new deal with the Duned­in­based fran­chise he helped win the 2015 Su­per Rugby crown.

It could be taken as a sign that he has al­ready made up his mind about tak­ing up one of the of­fers he has on the ta­ble from the over­seas clubs that are chas­ing him.

Fek­i­toa has been strug­gling to find his best form for the last year but has re­cently shown signs that it is com­ing back af­ter scor­ing two tries against Mel­bourne Rebels.

A move over­seas would tem­po­rar­ily mean Fek­i­toa is no longer avail­able for the All Blacks who have a pol­icy of not se­lect­ing play­ers who move abroad.

Ton­gan­born: Malakai Fek­i­toa

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