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Kevin Naiqama will not play centre for his new club

Kevin Naiqama is set to become a Sydney Roosters winger for the 2022 NRL season.

That comes after a successful three-year stint at Super League club St Helens, where he played an integral part in the club’s three consecutive championships, including his two-try performance in the 2021 Super League Grand Final which saw him claim the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match.

A veteran of the NRL with 113 matches to his name for the Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers, Naiqama adds plenty of versatility and experience to the Sydney Roosters backline, able to play in the centres, on the wing and at fullback, having done so at club and international level.

Leading on and off the field, Naiqama has represented Fiji in 19 test matches and 10 World Cup matches, captaining the side since 2016, including the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and now it seems it’s likely he could lead his country in the 2022 World Cup as well.

Naiqama had initially considered retirement following the end of the 2021 Super League season, but the pull of returning to the NRL with the Roosters proved too much.

The Fijian centre was also linked with a reunion at the Wests Tigers, but the 32-year-old chose Sydney instead and now he could be set to replace retiring winger Brett Morris.

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