Kevin Naiqama reveals just why he left St Helens

Kevin Naiqama will forever be remembered at one team in the Super League.

At St Helens, the Fijian international won three Grand Finals and one Challenge Cup, etching his name firmly into St Helens folklore with a dominant Harry Sunderland Trophy winning performance in the 2021 Old Trafford finale.

And, Naiqama has now explained just why he came back home – and the experience he went through in the UK.

“Really good, I’ve missed it a lot,” he admitted to the Sydney Roosters website.

“Me and my wife have been in England for the last couple of years and I guess our situation was heightened with wanting to come back, and we haven’t been able to for the last two years.

“Being back here with our family and friends has been a great reunion and I’m really spending time with them over the time we’ve missed out with them. So it’s been really good in the circumstances.

“I can’t forget the weather too. It was snowing before we left so to experience the complete opposite of that is really refreshing as well.”

Naiqama believes he still has plenty to learn from his new teammates, who he says has made the transition back to Sydney all the more easier.

“It’s been amazing to be honest, they’re awesome blokes,” Naiqama smiled.

“The boys have been really welcoming which has made that transition really easy for myself. I’m still getting to know the squad but from the players to the coaching staff, everyone has been really welcoming.

“I’ve just been enjoying my time here so far and I’m also keen to spend more time with the boys and to get to know them a bit more as well. All my career, I’ve played against them so it’s been great to get to know those boys and train with them.”

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