Widnes sign Setaimata Sa for 2016

Widnes have confirmed that Setaimata Sa has signed for the club for the 2016 season.

The 27-year-old back rower has been at Hull FC for the last 18 months.

“Sa is a fantastic signing for us,” said Widnes coach Denis Betts.

“He is someone that we have coveted throughout this season and that we have thought highly of over the past couple of years.

“He wants to play as a back-rower and that’s what we were looking for. He also has the ability to pass and play having spent time in the halves at Catalans Dragons.

“He has got a great strike rate and is very tough physically. Signing Sa introduces another international class player into our group.

“This addition is another piece of the jigsaw that will help us develop further as a really solid unit. I am really pleased that Sa has decided to join us.”

Sa himself is delighted to be joining the Vikings, where he will be teaming up with some familiar faces.

“I’ve seen a few Widnes Vikings games and they play a brand of footy that I enjoy playing,” he said.

“They seem to like to throw the ball around a bit and that will suit me.  I have had a good chat with Brett Hodgson about the move and I liked everything he had to say.

“I think I have still got plenty to learn and it will be great to keep learning from the coaching team at Widnes that all have great playing experience under their belts.

“I’ve heard a lot about Denis Betts and it’s all positive. Having spoken to Denis I am excited about playing for the Vikings and hope to be able to make a big contribution playing as I like to play; on instinct and on the basis of what is in front of me.

“I’ve heard everyone at the club is really nice. In fact I’ve heard nothing but good things. I know a few of the players like Aaron (Heremaia), Hep (Cahill) and Manase (Manuokafoa).

“Heading over to play with them will make the transition a bit easier.”

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