Former Sharks prop to return to the NRL from the Super League

Sam Moa

He may not have played in a great deal of games, but some of you may remember him – with former Sharks prop Sam Moa, currently playing but out injured for Hull FC in the English Super League, has signed a 2-year deal with the Sydney Roosters, from season 2013.

Moa, who had a contract offer from the Black and Whites to consider, made the decision to return to Australia for family reasons, choosing the Sydney Roosters as his team of choice to join.

“I have had a really special time with Hull and enjoyed every minute of it, not only around the club and with the team but meeting so many people around the city too, so I’m thankful for that, “ said Moa.

“The club and the fans have been great to me, Hull FC gave me an opportunity four years ago and I wouldn’t be in this position now if it wasn’t for them, the coaching staff and the players I have had around me.

“However, the good times in life bring with it some tough decisions. With my family moving back to Australia last year it was a tough call to stay in Hull for another year, but it was one I was keen to do.

“Now though the time feels right to go back, I need to be closer to my partner and around my family so it’s a move I make with the best wishes and with fond memories of the club.”

He added, “I want to go on record to thank everyone who has supported me during my time at the club, from all the players to staff and the fans, I am very grateful.”

Although Sam is not currently playing, due to what is likely a season-ending arm injury – Hull FC coach Peter Gentle has nothing but respect for Moa, and believes he can leave the club with integrity, as they all wish him the best for the future.

“You never know, Sam might still make it back in time to play again this year should we have a decent run in the finals, but if he doesn’t, he knows he has still had a great career with Hull FC and played his part,” he said.

“He is a popular player and a big part of the club, on and off the field, so he’ll be missed I’m sure.

“We made him a significant offer to stay with us, which he gave plenty of consideration too, however, he has decided the time is right to head home and we understand the rationale behind that.

“We wish him all the very best in his future career with Sydney Roosters.”

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