SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14: Suaia Matagi of the Eels is tackled during the round 10 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Parramatta Eels at Allianz Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

English Super League’s Huddersfield Giants have signed Parramatta Eels prop Suaia Matagi for the 2019 season.

The Samoan representative has made 101 NRL appearances with previous stints at the New Zealand Warriors, Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers.

Giants head coach Simon Woolford said he was looking to add strength to his team’s front row.

“I was looking for some real grunt and aggression in the front row and Suaia will bring that and a whole heap more,” Woolford told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Matagi was excited to take his skill set to the English league.

“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,” he told Sky Sports.

“Joining a proud club like the Huddersfield Giants is a privilege and I will represent our fans to the best of my ability.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. One down – 9 to go.
    The guy can play when he wants to but unfortunately doesn’t put the hard yards in often enough, 1 decent game every six doesn’t cut it. Should do ok in Superleague.

  2. “….I’m looking forward to taking my game to the next level….”

    From Reverse to Neutral……..

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