Securing his future was the key, and now that that is done, former Souths, Cowboys and Eels back-rower is looking forward to his future with ESL side Bradford, after re-signing with the club for 2 years.
Manuokafoa, 27, of Tongan descent, joined Bradford from the Parramatta Eels 12 months ago – with new Bradford coach Francis Cummins eager to retain Manuokafoa, the man nicknamed ‘Nas’.
â€œI wanted to keep Nas at the club because heâ€™s a great man, as well as being a very good rugby league player.
â€œIt was a massive gamble by Nas and by us for him to come here last year, because the NRL is completely different.
â€œBut Nas has proved himself and settled here well with his family. He has made his mark in Super League and I expect him to step up again next season and become one of our leaders.â€
With the Bradford side currently rebuilding for 2013 and beyond, a process that has seen 17 players off-contract at the end of last year – with a few players re-signing, Bradford will have plenty of room to move.
With Bradford now under new ownership, Manuokafoa is looking forward to the next two years at Bradford.
â€œWith Omar Khan having taken over the club, I believe the Bulls can go places and Iâ€™m delighted to be a part of things going forward,â€ he said.