When Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e signed for the Castleford Tigers midway through the 2018 Super League season, it was his first time as a top-flight player in the UK.
Having starred for the Sheffield Eagles, the Toronto Wolfpack and Halifax across a period of seven-and-a-half seasons, Laulu-Togaga’e – or QLT as he is more commonly known – decided to take the Super League plunge with Castleford in June 2018.
The Samoan fit in perfectly, scoring six tries in nine appearances before leaving for Halifax at the end of that season.
That move, QLT joked, came about because his spot was ‘stolen’ by a friend – Peter Mata’utia – who also co-hosts the Talk Your Walk podcast alongside Castleford star Suaia Matagi and former Tiger Jesse Sene-Lefao.
“I played Super League for Cas, and playing Super League was awesome, but the biggest thing I took out of it was meeting you boys there,” QLT said on the podcast.
“Super League was my dream but my friendships that I made from that club that will last forever.
“I would have signed for two years but someone came in and took my spot – a good friend of mine!
“He was the Billy Slater of Castleford Tigers,” QLT joked.
Laulu-Togaga’e is currently at the Keighley Cougars after making headlines with his son, Phoenix, in League 1.