Former St Helens centre Kevin Naiqama is enjoying his return to the NRL with the Sydney Roosters.
The Fiji captain returned to Australia during the off-season with the Roosters, signing on a one-year deal. The three-time Super League Grand Final winner announced his retirement following St Helens’ 12-10 victory over Catalans.
However, he signed with Trent Robinson’s side in December for the upcoming 2022 campaign.
Kevin Naiqama enjoying time in Sydney
“It’s been amazing to be honest, they’re awesome blokes,” he told the club’s website.
“The boys have been really welcoming which has made that transition really easy for myself. I’m still getting to know the squad but from the players to the coaching staff, everyone has been really welcoming.
“I’ve just been enjoying my time here so far. I’m also keen to spend more time with the boys and to get to know them a bit more as well. All my career, I’ve played against them so it’s been great to get to know those boys and train with them.
“I know I’m a bit older but I feel like I’m learning from all the young boys as well. It’s been great training with them and to develop relationships and build those connections with those boys.
“For me it makes me feel really welcomed and part of the team.”
Naiqama reunites with family in Australia
Naiqama spent three seasons in the Super League with St Helens, and claimed the 2021 Harry Sunderland Trophy with two tries in the victory.
The former Wests Tigers outside-back reunites with family back in Australia, something he admits he missed during his time in England and during the Covid pandemic.
“Really good, I’ve missed it a lot,” he said.
“Me and my wife have been in England for the last couple of years and I guess our situation was heightened with wanting to come back, and we haven’t been able to for the last two years.
“Being back here with our family and friends has been a great reunion and I’m really spending time with them over the time we’ve missed out with them. So it’s been really good in the circumstances.
“I can’t forget the weather too. It was snowing before we left so to experience the complete opposite of that is really refreshing as well.”