Former Tonga international Manu Ma’u is eager to end his career on a high with his new club Catalans Dragons following his move to the south of France.
The 34-year-old forward has linked up with the Dragons on a two-year deal from fellow Super League club Hull.
Ma’u, who has more than 100 NRL appearances under his belt with Parramatta, is determined to bring down the curtain on his career on a high note.
“I think I needed a change,” Ma’u told the club’s YouTube channel when explaining his move from Hull.
“When I spoke to Steve Mac (McNamara) about making the transition to France, it was something I was keen to do and play alongside some quality players like Sam Tomkins and Michael Mac (McIlorum) and all the other French internationals.
“I feel like I could finish my career strongly here and hopefully end on a high.”
The Dragons, who reached the Super League semi-finals last year, have signed Tom Johnstone (Wakefield), Romain Navarrete (Toulouse) and Ma’u’s former Tonga team-mate Siosiua Taukeiaho ahead of this season.
“It’s been the best so far,” Ma’u added. “I’m really enjoying being in Perpignan. It’s a massive change from living in England for three years and it’s been really refreshing.
“I just want to play some good footy and add to what is already a quality team. I want to add what I can bring to the squad.
“They are a top four team, they’ve been there the past few years, so hopefully we can do something great this year.
“I played here last year and the fans here are very passionate. The Catalan people are very proud and passionate about rugby league and just seeing that every home game will be massive for myself and it’s something I want to be a part of.”
Manu Ma’u loving life in Perpignan
Ma’u, nicknamed The Tongan Terminator, is enjoying the experience of living in the south of France.
He said: “I came with my wife and four kids. I’ve got a 10-year-old, nine-year-old, four and two – three boys and one girl.
“It’s a new country. It’s not the first time I’ve flown to different countries, I started in Australia, then went to UK and now here. The family has adjusted to it and we’re just enjoying it as we go.
“I’ve taken a lot of French lessons since I’ve been here but my kids will pick it up easier. They’ve learned a bit of French in England so hopefully when they are in school they’ll learn more than me.”