York City Knights have confirmed the signing of forward Ukuma Ta’ai from Newcastle Thunder on a two-year deal.
Ta’ai, 35, makes the move after a two year spell with Newcastle. His move to the North-East came after an eight-year stint with Huddersfield Giants, helping the Super League club to the League Leaders’ Shield in his first year in the UK.
He has won 10 caps for Tonga and adds experience to James Ford’s side with more than 250 professional appearances.
Ukuma Ta’ai on Championship switch
“With what happened at Newcastle with them going to part-time, I knew everything would change and I started looking around,” said Ta’ai.
“My agent called and asked if I was interested in York. At the end of the day, they’ve given me the opportunity and I really appreciate it. I know some of the people there from playing together and there’s some people there who I have played against. I’m looking forward to linking up with them.
“I’ve played against them in the last couple of years and I know York are a good side. A lot of the players I played against have played in Super League, like Pauli Pauli. They really have a good side and I know for sure that I will fit in with that.
“I am looking forward to getting out there and do the best thing I can to help the team. My game is pretty much about going forward and taking opportunities. Trying to destroy people is the main thing for a forward and that’s me, I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing for a few years!”