Last home game for Aiton

Hooker Paul Aiton will play his last game on home soil tomorrow when the PNG LNG Kumuls take on USA.

“It has been a long career but it will definitely be the last one for me on PNG soil,” he said.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s all gone by really fast.”

The 32-year-old is savouring every moment of playing in his third and final Rugby League World Cup.

“I’m just happy to be part of it. There are so many young and skilful players out there, so I’m just really glad that Michael Marum and the board gave me a chance to finish and play in my third world cup.”

Aiton first made his debut for the Kumuls back in 2004.

“The feeling is still the same. We do the jersey presentations before every test and I still get butterflies every time. I’m always happy to wear the jersey, it’s like gold.”

He finished by thanking the country for their support.

“I’ve always been supported. Everywhere I go, I always feel the support and feel the love. Thank you Papua New Guinea for supporting me throughout my career.”

(Aiton during the match against Ireland last week)

Troy Taule