David Fifita will go down in folklore at Wakefield Trinity for the way in which he has become one of the club’s biggest overseas stars.
In seven years, the ‘Big Bopper’ has become a cult hero amongst the terraces at Belle Vue, wowing audiences with his bulldozing runs and big hits.
Now, though, Fifita has revealed why he is leaving Wakefield and when he made his decision as well as paying tribute to the Trinity fans who turned out in great numbers to cheer a number of their stars off in the last home game of 2022.
“I was emotional at the end there. That’s the best feeling I’ve ever had. I will give so much credit to the fans, I’ve never known anything like that and what a great feeling to top it off with two points,” Fifita said.
“To go out on a high like that was amazing. I didn’t even know I would be out there, as I hurt my calf before the game.
“I wanted to go out with a try, I promised the Crigglestone All Blacks (a local Wakefield youth team) that I would get over for a try but I got the goal instead.”
Fifita revealed just how late the decision came to leave Trinity.
“It was a late decision, only a week or two ago I made it. I spoke to the family, we’ve been through a tough month with a few losses in the family and young Isla (Greenwood) and Danny Kirmond with his brother has hit me hard.
“I feel the time is right to get back home, my brother has said he wants to play with me. We did have the opportunity but I want to play in front of my family whether it’s junior league or A grade.
“I’ve got nieces and nephews I still haven’t seen.”
Fifita did, however, explain just how difficult it will be for him to leave Belle Vue after such a long spell in West Yorkshire.
“It’s going to be tough to walk away from this, there’s been plenty of opportunities to go to so-called bigger teams but I love this club through and through.
“I just can’t explain it, I love what they are doing here, they are building for the future.”