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NRL: Kikau vows to go out on a high

Viliame Kikau is determined to leave the Penrith Panthers on a high by winning another premiership before joining the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2023.

The Panthers are priced at 9/2 to win the 2022 NRL grand final to add to the one they won last season and Kikau would love nothing more.

Bumper deal

Kikau knew he would be leaving the Panthers in 2023 as they would not be able to match his salary and it was the Bulldogs that fought of interest from other NRL clubs to secure his signature.

However a photograph showing him holding a Bulldogs shirt alongside Phil Gould and Trent Barrett was leaked out before the deal was announced, much to the anger of Kikau.

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"It would have been stupid [to pose] had I known that photo was going to come out," Kikau told The Sun-Herald. "Nothing was planned. It was strictly confidential and meant to be private.

"You can’t get away with anything these days. It was pretty disappointing. I was really disappointed about it actually. It was only meant to be put out once everything was made official and to let everyone know I had signed."

Exciting move

Kikau is looking forward to a fresh challenge with the Bulldogs but for now he is fully focused on the Panthers and is keen to win another premiership.

"The Bulldogs are a club heading in the right direction," Kikau added. "Baz [Barrett] worked here [Penrith], as did Gus. Gus was the one who got me here to Penrith. Gus is a good man. He showed me around and told me about the plans for the club moving forward. I was really interested in everything he was saying.

"Penrith gave me this opportunity to play at the highest level. The least I can do now is try to win them another premiership. We’ve won one, but it means nothing going into this year.

"This club will always hold a special place in my heart. When I spoke with my agent, I made sure I would finish the year here at Penrith. Hopefully, we finish on another high."

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