‘Hopefully it’s a bit longer’ – NRL signing positive on staying at Super League club beyond contract

Huddersfield Giants have made a host of new signings, notably the return of Jake Connor from Hull FC, but it’s one of their international signings who will line up alongside him in the backs that many have been talking about.

New boy from down under Esan Marsters was speaking with Giants TV and the side released part of the interview to their twitter.

Marsters joins from Gold Coast Titans, where he spent the 2021-22 season but he primarily made his name with Wests Tigers where he scored 17 tries in 61 games from 2017 to 2019.

The 26-year-old centre who captains the Cook Islands will wear the number three and partner fellow signing Kevin Naiqama who will wear four.

Speaking on his new side as well as the weather, Marsters said: “Definitely, it’s been a bit cold over here. I’m not used to it, I’m used to the sunny weather of Australia but it’s a good experience. The boys have been welcoming, coaching staff and just everyone around the club has got a good mindset and know what direction we want to go in.”

Marsters will feature in a back line that will see a number of new signings including Connor, Jake Bibby and fellow centre Naiqama.

Speaking about his new home, Marsters was positive about what the future holds alongside his new teammates at the West Yorkshire club.

“The plane ride over with two kids under two was a bit hard but it was really good to come settle in, have a look at our new home for the next couple of years, hopefully if it’s a bit longer that would be awesome.”

At only 26 Marsters could be set to play at a high level for a long time and will likely learn lots from the experienced Naiqama, who at 33 has seen much of what professional rugby league has to offer, including Super League where he performed brilliantly from 2019 to 2021.

Only earlier in the week it was reported that Jake Connor had claimed the Giants have “probably the best squad in the league” and Marsters will be key if those high expectations are to be fulfilled.

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