In the years he was at the Eels, he was a cult hero. A cult figure who gained a following and was a fan
favourite of many fans.
In the rugby league world, however, all good things come to an end as Fuifui Moimoi embarks on a new chapter in his rugby league career, signing for 2015 with English Championship side, the Leigh Centurions.
With 201 games in the NRL to his name and representative appearances for both New Zealand and Tonga, the signing of Moimoi by Leigh is one of the biggest in the club’s history.
Looking to build on their premiership success last season, the Centurions are building nicely for 2015 and coach Paul Rowley knows how much impact a forward like Moimoi will have for them.
â€œThe signing of Fui is a strong indication of Leigh Centurionsâ€™ ability to attract world-class talent in the face of fierce competition from Super League clubs,” said Rowley.
“It is a positive sign that the Club has grown in reputation both on and off the field and that word of mouth has reached foreign shores at the most elite level.”
The club is keen to have Fuifui on board and know that he will provide the presence, power and go-forward they need in 2015.
â€œFui is a world-class player who will not only bring profile to our Club off the field but a huge presence and class on the field,” said Rowley.
“I am looking forward to coaching Fui and helping him to enjoy and flourish in his time within our Centurions family.â€
Although some Super League clubs came knocking to sign the 35-year old, Leigh ended up being the best option for him and he made the call to sign with them.
â€œThere was a lot in interest in me going to England including Super League but in the end my team advised me that Leigh was my best option and Iâ€™m very happy to be going to Leigh,” said Moimoi.
â€œI was there at the World Cup and I trained and played at the Leigh Stadium. I met a few people at Leigh and obviously I met the owner who is a really nice guy. The people there are really good and friendly and I canâ€™t wait to meet them and to be part of Leigh Rugby League Club. Itâ€™s an honour for me to play my footy there next year.â€
For Fui, his plan is simple. To work hard, play hard and be the best player he can be whilst giving it everything he has every week.
â€œI just want to play footy; train hard and play hard. I love the smash,” said Moimoi.
“I love to get hit and challenge the other team and players and see whoâ€™s the strongest and most skilful in my position. I want to play some good footy but I do love the smash. Iâ€™m looking forward – I canâ€™t wait to meet my new team-mates and my new coach and work with them.”
After some tremendous years at his former club, the Parramatta Eels, Moimoi is sad to be departing but excited to embark on the new challenge.
â€œIâ€™ll miss the fans and my team-mates (at Parramatta) but Iâ€™m looking forward to playing in England,” said Moimoi.
“The fans are crazy there, they love their footy and I canâ€™t wait to get there and see all the fans in the UK.â€