Former International signs two-year deal with Huddersfield

Antonio Kaufusi

It is another one from the big family that loves rugby league, as the eldest of them all, Antonio Kaufusi – a player whom NRL sides would be familiar with – signs a 2-year deal with Super League side, the Huddersfield Giants.

Kaufusi is no stranger to the game of rugby league and has international and representative achievements to his name, having represented both Australia and Tonga at international level and Queensland in the State of Origin.

With the club keen to have him on board, it was Kaufusi who pushed through a move, eager to play more games in the Super League.

“As with his London team mate Chris Bailey who we announced as a Giant earlier in the week, Antonio has made it clear he wants to play in the biggest games in the UK and get more honours under his belt,” said Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis.

“His NRL career was excellent and the challenge to him is to replicate that form in our environment.”

With his playing prowess and experience in both the NRL and the Super League, the club are hopeful that his experience can prove invaluable for the younger players coming through the ranks at the club.

“Physically, he is a huge man and he is very much up for the task ahead which is of improving our squad and helping the younger players around him especially in the prop position, where we do have some excellent prospects,” said Thewlis.

“His experience in the big game environment and first hand knowledge of the work ethic of the Melbourne club where he came through to get International honours, are attributes that can only benefit us.

“I am sure Giants fans will remember some of his performances against us in the past and will look forward to having him with us rather than against us.”

Equally pleased was Giants coach Paul Anderson, who is familiar with the achievements of Kaufusi in the NRL.

“Antonio brings a wealth of experience to the Giants 0 his pedigree is unbelievable,” said Anderson.

“He’s played in a NRL Grand Final, for Australia and in the State of Origin and there is no higher level of Rugby League in the world than State of Origin.

We’ve never replaced Stuart (Fielden) or Luke O’Donnell and along with Chris (Bailey) who we announced earlier in the week, he’ll certainly add depth to our squad.

When we spoke, I told him I want to see the form that made him a State of Origin player and that definitely sparked something in him. He had a lot of options and it’s a credit to us and where we are at that he saw us as an attractive proposition.”

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