Naiqama: A Great Opportunity

Kevin Naiqama says he had a ‘deep desire’ to come over to Super League and compete.

The 29-year-old new signing is settling into life at the club and is looking forward to what he hopes will be a successful season.

“I’ve been here for just under four weeks and I’m slowly adapting,” he said. “It’s been a busy few months; I got married, had the honeymoon and then moved over here.

“Our partners have made the biggest sacrifice and making sure they settle in is important. I guess for us as new players it is easy as we have moved into our environment and made friends with 30 players straight away.

“It is an awesome playing squad and they make it very enjoyable and exciting to turn up every day at training. There are a lot of characters in the team too but everyone has been definitely welcoming and it has been very peaceful for myself to get to know the lads.”

Kevin is one of Saints’ four new signings for the 2019 campaign and says the decision to join the club was easy.

“It was a deep desire in me to come over here and compete in Super League,” he added. “I’d had a few offers but St Helens was the best fit for me. It is a proud and historic club that has been very successful and I wanted to be part of it.

“With the coaching staff and playing group we have here there is definitely a great opportunity looming. We were unlucky this year and I’m sure with the new additions we can better our chances next year.”

He continued: “Over the last few seasons I have played at centre and haven’t looked back. The style of footy here does suit me and I’m sure Lachlan (Coote) and Joseph Paulo think the same too.

“It is entertaining for the fans so hopefully we can continue to build on that and give the fans something to cheer about.

“I’m hoping the football I play is what Justin brought me here for; that’s being fast, explosive and creating opportunities on the edge.

“That’s hopefully what I will continue to do and help put some points on the board.”

Saints kick off the new season at home to Wigan on January 31.

They beat the Warriors twice last season and will want to get their season off to the best possible start against the 2018 Champions.

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