David Fifita has been one of Wakefield Trinity’s most important players since he joined the club back in 2016.
He was brought to Belle Vue by former Trinity boss Chris Chester, who was sacked in the wake of a dismal run of results during the 2021 Super League season.
Willie Poching took over as interim head coach and Wakefield subsequently won five of their last seven games.
For Fifita, however, the sacking of Chester was hard to take – especially because he feels that it was the players’ fault.
“His sacking hit me differently as he was the person who got me over here and let me become the player I am today,” Fifita told BBC Radio Leeds.
“It was tough not seeing him there over the few weeks following the news, but I have still tried to keep in close contact.
“It hurt a lot more because he wasn’t at fault as it was more us – we lost that game at Huddersfield when we were up by a few scores.
“It hurt me more because it was our fault.”
Fifita had some kind words for Chester in his new head of rugby role at the Leigh Centurions.
“I wish him all the best at Leigh and we are still keeping in touch.”