He has played in the NRL and has played in the Super League for several teams but for Setaimata Sa, the main feeling for him is excitement, after signing a deal to play with Hull FC for the next 1 and a half seasons.
After a move to rugby union at one point and after a tough slog to try and sign him, Hull FC got their man and for Sa, he is excited to return to the game of rugby league and cannot wait to get stuck in with Hull FC.
“I am pleased it has finally been announced and really looking forward to getting back playing rugby league, the game where my career started, and can’t wait to put on the Hull FC shirt,” said Sa.
“The way Motu Tony [Football Manager] spoke to me about where the club wanted to be in the next few years and also Lee Radford’s [Head Coach] passion for the game, I found it a very interesting prospect. I know from the past how passionate the fans are here and how big this club is.”
“There is without doubt a lot of talent here. Ben Crooks is a good young player competing for a centre spot and Fetuli [Talanoa] coming over was a good signing, so there is a lot of competition and that is only going to be good for myself and the other boys too.”
Able to cover at centre, back-row and at five-eighth, Sa’s utility value is a tremendous asset for any side and for Hull FC coach Lee Radford, the signing is one that will strengthen their squad in more ways than one.
“Setaimata is a great signing for us. He is exactly the calibre of player we should be bringing into this club and a significant move in terms of our recruitment process,” said Radford.
“He is a New Zealand international, a World Cup winner, a Challenge Cup Finalist with Catalans and has appeared in the Exiles squads, that says it all.
“He is a player that can come straight into our side and make a significant improvement to our team. He has a fantastic character and temperament and whilst he is a good bloke off the field, he is a fierce competitor on it which is what we want.”
“He was missing rugby league and is really keen to make his mark at Hull FC, which is very pleasing. The first thing he said when he signed was he couldn’t wait to play in a Hull derby. That is exactly what you want to hear as a coach.”