NEWS | Paleaaesina calls time

NEWS | Paleaaesina calls time

1st September 2017

Feka Paleaaesina wants to finish the season strongly after making the decision to retire from playing rugby league at the end of the 2017 campaign.

The former Wigan and Hull man will hang up his boots following one season with the Dons and is hoping to help the club progress into the Kingstone Press League One play-off places, starting with this weekend’s game at York City Knights.

“For me I think the body is telling me it’s time to let the dream go, I’d love to play on forever but I’ve missed a lot of games due to injury so I feel that I’m ready,” he said.

“I want to go out on my terms and that’s the way it is, I would have loved to have finished my contract here but the people at the club have been really supportive of me.

“The club is in good hands with Richard Horne in charge, he is building something here and has assembled a really good squad which has a lot of competition for places.”

Dons CEO Carl Hall said: “Feka is the model professional both on and off the field, he has led by example during his time with the Dons and earlier in his career when he made his name in Super League.

“He is a great player and deserves a good send off, he will want to finish the season strongly as that’s the type of person he is.”

Head coach Richard Horne said: “Feka will be a big loss for us but we respect his decision and understand that he feels now is the right time to retire, he is a great man and has been a top player throughout his career.

“I’ve played and worked alongside him for a number of years now and he has always led by example, he will be a miss to the Dons but I’m sure he will still be attending games on a regular basis.”

You can purchase tickets for what could be Feka's final game at the Keepmoat Stadium against Newcastle Thunder on Sunday 10 September from

NEWS | Paleaaesina calls time