Experienced Roosters prop opts for a move to Catalans

Sam Moa

A strong performer for the Sydney Roosters over the last few years, Sam Moa is embarking on a new adventure in his career after signing with Super League side, the Catalan Dragons.

After an NRL career that spanned 98 games, Moa felt that the move to France was the right one for both he and his family.

“I am very proud to join the Dragons,” Moa said.

“After careful consideration, my family and I are happy to come live in Perpignan and discover French culture.

I came to many times in France and I’m looking forward to settle.

I come here to give the best of myself and help create a positive and peaceful atmosphere in the club. This is an exciting project that awaits me and I want to thank the club for giving me this opportunity.”

The deal runs until the end of the 2018 season, with the Perpignan-based club happy to sign the former Tongan and Kiwi international and premiership winner.

“I am very pleased to recruit a player of Sam’s calibre is considered by his former coaches and by his opponents as a temperamental player on the field and copy out,” said Catalans coach, Laurent Frayssinous.

“I shared with him a long time and is very motivated to bring their experience and help the club build a powerful group like off the pitch.”

Catalans see Moa as a potential pack leader and club general manager Christophe Jouffret is pleased to have the experienced prop on board.

“Recruit a pack leader like Sam Moa is very good news for our club,” said Jouffret.

“His experience, winning culture and its knowledge of the Super League and international games with the Kiwis will make him one of the group’s leaders.

His reputation off the field is increasingly recognized by all. That’s already one of the main beams of the Dragons pack of 2017.”

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