Fuifui Moimoi signs for Leigh

Leigh Centurions have confirmed that Fiufui Moimoi has signed a one-year deal with the club, with the option of a second year.

The 35-year-old former New Zealand international, who has also represented his birthplace of Tonga at test level, recently ended an 11-year spell at the Parramatta Eels in the NRL.

The player is looking forward to playing in front of passionate British fans next season.

“There was a lot in interest in me going to England including Super League but in the end my team advised me that Leigh was my best option and I’m very happy to be going to Leigh,” he said.

“I was there at the World Cup and I trained and played at the Leigh Stadium. I met a few people at Leigh and obviously I met the owner who is a really nice guy.

“The people there are really good and friendly and I can’t wait to meet them and to be part of Leigh Rugby League Club. It’s an honour for me to play my footy there next year.”

Moimoi is relishing the physical battles that he will face in the Championship next season.

“I just want to play footy; train hard and play hard,” he said.

“I love the smash. I love to get hit and challenge the other team and players and see who’s the strongest and most skilful in my position.

“I want to play some good footy but I do love the smash. I’m looking forward- I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates and my new coach and work with them.

“I’ll miss the fans and my team-mates (at Parramatta) but I’m looking forward to playing in England. The fans are crazy there, they love their footy and I can’t wait to get there and see all the fans in the UK.”

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