Players generally head to the English Super League to escape, but after such time, they feel the need to once again return to the NRL – and for former South Sydney Rabbitoh and Huddersfield Giants forward David Fa’alogo, this was exactly the case, as he signed a one-year deal with the Newcastle Knights.
Fa’alogo, who has played in 142 NRL games to date, is a player that Knights coach Wayne Bennett is pleased to see return to the NRL, particularly under his tutelage at the Newcastle Knights.
â€œDavid is coming here on a one year contract, with an option for a second year if he performs in 2013,â€ Bennett said.
â€œHe wanted to finish his career in Australia and at a Club that is going places; that is pretty much the conversation we had.
â€œHe is coming here for the right reasons; he isnâ€™t coming here for the money, but he feels he owes a lot to rugby league and wanted to come and finish his career in Australia playing good footy.â€
Bennett is excited to have another veteran join the Knights side, particularly after the success of Danny Buderus, who returned to the NRL last year.
â€œI worked with David in 2008 at the World Cup Final and I liked what he brought to the team,â€ Bennett added.
â€œHe has been overseas for three years, the same as Danny and we have all seen what he brought back.
â€œPeople who have played with or against David will tell you he is a good player and he is the type of player I like to coach; committed and you know they are going to get the job done.â€