Wests Tigers back Kevin Naiqama says he is relieved his future is sorted and is hoping to make his final season in the NRL a positive one. The former Knight and Panther is in his eighth season and fourth at Concord during which he has evolved into a genuine leader and the captain of Fiji.
The chance for a three-year deal at St Helens was too much for the 29-year-old to pass up.
“Getting that sorted was really good and I guess the security there for three years [was the appeal],” Naiqama told NRL.com after his team’s 24-16 loss to Cronulla on Sunday. “And just the opportunity to go play in the Super League but also to travel and see that side of the world.”
Naiqama has no shortage of mates to call upon for advice about playing in the northern hemisphere, which current teammates Corey Thompson and Mahe Fonua having only returned to the NRL from the Super League this year. “For myself it’s just putting my best foot forward. It’s the person I am, I can’t turn up to training with a day wasted dropping my head,” Naiqama said.