Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Simon Woolford has made Kiwi and Samoan International Prop Forward Suaia Matagi his first addition to the 2019 squad. The thirty-year old international has played over 100 NRL games and will leave Paramatta Eels at the end of this campaign and is seen by Woolford as the perfect addition for next year.
“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 www.giantsrl.com. “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. 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 and on the pitch and his presence will bring confidence and leadership to the forward group.
“When we’re looking to recruit I have said previously I only want guys who really want to come and achieve something here and understand the environment I want to create and Suaia ticks those boxes and I’m very excited to make him my first overseas capture.”
Suaia Matagi Career Details
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–15 New Zealand Warriors 36 1 0 0 4
2015 Sydney Roosters 7 0 0 0 0
2016 Penrith Panthers 23 0 0 0 0
2017 Parramatta Eels 35 0 0 0 0
Total 101 1 0 0 4
Samoa - 7 Appearances, 2 tries, 8 points (2013-2017)
New Zealand - 1 appearance (2014)
Suaia Matagi said: "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. Joining a proud Club like the Huddersfield Giants is a privileged and I will represent our fans to the best of my ability.”