Leigh sign Fuifui Moimoi

untitledLeigh Centurions have confirmed the purchase of NRL star Fuifui Moimoi after days of rumours.

The 2014 Championship winners had tweeted earlier in the week that they had a big announcement to make on Saturday night at 10pm.

They stuck to their guns and announced that the former Parramatta Eels, New Zealand and Tonga prop-forward would sign for the upcoming season.

Fuifui Moimoi has played for Parramatta in the NRL for ten years from 2004 up until 2014. He appeared 201 times for the NRL outfit scoring 22 tries.

He debuted for Tonga in 2006 and went on to play for his native island on 8 occasions including the 2013 World Cup campaign. Incidentally, one of Tonga’s World cup games was at the Leigh Sports Village when they defeated Cook Islands 22-16, in which Moimoi featured.

Between his two stints for Tonga Fui played for New Zealand on 12 occasions competing in the 2011 four nations for the Kiwis.

Moimoi is known for his hard-hitting ability in defence and is often seen as the man Sam Burgess used to make his way on to the scene when he put a huge hit on Fuifui in a test between New Zealand and Great Britain back in 2007.

Moimoi has signed on a one-year contract with the option to extend for another season if he wishes.

The thinking behind this contract seems to be that he will play this season and if Leigh progress through the super eights and gain a Super League position he will go on to play a second season with the Centurions and his first Super League season in his career.

Now 35 age isn’t on Moimoi’s side however he has proven in recent years with Parra that he still has the fitness and strength to perform at a consistent level.

Leigh’s aim for the season will definitely be to try to earn a place in the 2016 Super League and they’ll be hoping that the addition of a NRL great will help get them there.

 

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