Huddersfield Giants sign prop Suaia Matagi from Parramatta Eels for 2019 Super League season

1 Jul

Huddersfield have announced the signing of prop Suaia Matagi from NRL club Parramatta Eels for the 2019 Super League season.

The 30-year-old, who started his career at New Zealand Warriors before spells with Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers, represented Samoa at last year’s World Cup.

Suaia Matagi

Matagi becomes Simon Woolford’s first recruit since he took over as Giants head coach.

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

“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.”

Huddersfield are in the bottom four after Friday’s defeat at Hull KR but Matagi is already planning for next year.

“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 said.

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