After a few seasons with the Parramatta Eels, Suaia Matagi will depart and head to England and join the Huddersfield Giants.
Coached by former NRL player Simon Woolford, he was after a player with size, grunt and power.
“I was looking for some real grunt and aggression in the front row and Suaia will bring that and a whole heap more,” Woolford said.
“The fans will love his action packed style and he is a man that won’t take a backward step and he relishes the tough stuff up front.”
With more than 100 NRL games to his name, the Kiwi and Samoan international brings a wealth of experience to the Giants.
“We have a number of relatively younger front rowers in Dickinson, Smith and English who will benefit enormously from having a man like Suaia around them at training,” Woolford continued.
“On the pitch, his presence will bring confidence and leadership to the forward group.”
Matagi is pleased at the new adventure and looks forward to donning the Giants colours.
“I am extremely excited to take my football to the next level under the leadership of Coach Simon Woolford and I’m also looking forward to the challenge of playing in the English Super League,” Matagi said.
“Joining a proud Club like the Huddersfield Giants is a privilege and I will represent our fans to the best of my ability.”