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.”
He has the talent and ability but this Brisbane Broncos win v the Canberra Raiders was special; because Anthony Milford stepped up.
It was not straight away, though, as the Brisbane Broncos had to overcome a 16-0 deficit to win.
The Raiders went into the break leading 16-0 with tries to Elliott Whitehead and Nick Cotric, and four goals to Jarrod Croker.
This is where the Jekyll and Hyde performance took a turn for the better.
After frustration brewed with errant kicks and woeful passes, the second half was the opposite.
Milford started proceedings with a lovely weighted floater to Corey Oates who did the rest to score.
The enigmatic half then turned provider again, this time kicking for back-rower Alex Glenn.
Jordan Kahu added a third out wide before the man of the moment did it all himself.
He jinked, weaved, darted and dodged his way over the line in a tremendous solo effort.
There was a special moment in the game; David Fifita became the first player born in the 2000’s to play in the NRL.
Despite their win, there is a lot for the Broncos to improve on in the eyes of Wayne Bennett.
“The season still has a long way to go and if we play like we played in the first half we won’t be in the competition towards the end of it, so we’ve got to get our act together for two halves,” Bennett said.
“We’ve been coming back all year. That’s not the first game we’ve come back in but it was probably one of our poorest performances in the first half.
“[The second half] reminded me of what we are capable of when we play the way we can play.”
The loss of Jack Wighton due to his off-field indiscretions were no issue in coach Ricky Stuart’s eyes.
“You saw the way we played tonight, wasn’t a distraction.
“I’ve got a very tough bunch of kids there that handled the change late in the week.
“It had no bearing on the result. We should have won that game tonight. It was our doing in regards to why we didn’t.”