Castleford Tigers have signed winger Sosaia Feki on a three year deal from Cronulla Sharks, he will join the Tigers from 2020 onwards.
Although the 28 year old was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and played for the New Zealand Warriros junior sides and risen through the ranks there, he has played twice for Tonga.
Feki won the 2016 NRL Grand Final, and says he is now ready for a new challenge after being at the sharks for seven seasons. He said on the move to the Super League outfit: “I’ve been at Cronulla for seven years now, I’ve been comfortable here but this is a new chapter in our lives and my partner and I are really excited to come across to Castleford and to Super League.
“It’s going to be a new challenge but Cronulla play an attacking style of rugby as well so hopefully I can bring that over there. I’ve played with Junior Moors at the Sharks and I know Jesse Sene-Lefao already as well. I’ve been messaging him and he’s been tipping me up on the club and what it’s like.
“As a player, I just try to do my job for the team and finish any opportunities that come my way. I’ve played a lot of my games with the Sharks on the left but I’m also really comfortable on the right and I played on that side at the weekend.
“I’m not bothered where the coaches want me to play; wherever they put me I’ll come across and do my best for the club.”
On his new signing Castleford head coach Daryl Powell commented: “Sosaia is a player who has been performing at the top level for a number of years in the NRL,” he said.
“He was a part of the Cronulla team that won the title in Australia which means that our last two recruits from overseas know what it takes to win a championship.
“He is big, strong and aggressive with the ball and an experienced defender. Our back line for next season has a real look of ability about it with strong competition for places in all positions and Sosaia adds hugely to our quality.”