A local juniors, John Kite was graded mid-season from the St John’s Eagles club after playing in the SG Ball Cup team in 2005. He became a regular member of the Flegg Cup team for the rest of the season, mainly playing in the second row or prop. John played in the Flegg Cup Semi Final against the Roosters.
In 2006, Kite retained his position in the Flegg Cup team, mainly playing from the interchange bench and played in the Preliminary Final against Penrith.
In 2007, John continued in the Flegg Cup squad mainly as an interchange forward. He played in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta.
In 2008, John became a regular prop in the National Youth Competition. John received the opportunity to play in the NRL in place of Danny Williams on July 7 against South Sydney.
Kite has plied his trade through the grades, including working as a trainee under the watchful eye of his childhood idol and Bulldogs legend Terry Lamb.
"It has been my dream ever since meeting Terry Lamb as an eight year old, when he signed an autograph for me after I played against his son in a local junior game."
An exciting local junior talent who is progressing nicely through the grades, highlighted by his 2008 NRL first grade debut. Kitey is a genuine monster, born at 15 pounds and the biggest baby Canterbury hospital has ever seen. This proud Tongan boy’s Christian name is actually "Sione" and he is the only brother to six sisters.
Kite wants to be a Tongan role model both on and off the field. Another one of the three Bulldogs youngsters to be named in the NYC Team of the Year in 2008.