Huddersfield Giants have seen forward Suaia Matagi arrive ahead of schedule to aid their Super 8s campaign, bringing forward his arrival from 2019.
Head coach Simon Woolford’s first signing as Huddersfield head coach, Matagi arrives from Parramatta and, while he was initially supposed to begin his Super League stint next season, he was keen to arrive as soon as possible – something Woolford believes signals the dedication the Samoan will bring to the club. “It’s a mark of him as a man and shows his determination to help us that as soon as his Visa landed he wanted to get here, meet his new playing group and help us get some wins,” he told the media.
The New Zealand born 30-year-old has played seven times for Samoa and arrives as the Giants come off an impressive 40-28 victory over Wakefield Trinity in their last fixture before the league split. Coupled with Hull FC’s home defeat on Friday night at the hands of their cross city rivals KR, Huddersfield sit fifth and, regardless of Castleford’s result against Widnes on Sunday, will be six points off fourth place. Woolford believes the arrival of Matagi can only benefit the club in their remaining seven league fixtures of the year. “I have spoken before about his qualities and to be able to add a player of his stature at this stage of the year should give everyone a huge boost.”