It’s not often that players will hint at retirement in their first interview as part of a new club but that’s what Catalans Dragons’ signing Manu Ma’u has done.
The dual international who has represented both Tonga and New Zealand has made the move from Humberside with Hull FC to Perpignan to join the French revolution at Catalans Dragons, but in his first interview on the club’s Youtube channel he’s alluded to hanging up the boots.
The second-rower has had a three year stint at FC but has made the move to Catalans expressing a desire to play with players such as Sam Tomkins being one of the contributing factors, as reported here.
Despite that the 34-year-old was under no illusions that he’s closer to the end of his career than the beginning and he referenced this in his maiden interview.
“I feel like I can finish strong here, finish my career here and hopefully on a high,” Ma’u stated.
Whilst quite a shocking statement to make as you try to endear yourself to your new fans it’s a refreshing approach from Ma’u, who aged 34 and having signed a two-year-deal could well bow out of the game at the end of his time at the Gilbert Brutus.
With that in mind he was clear on his intent to win something, and joining a team that’s made the playoffs regularly, including an Old Trafford appearance in the past two years, it’s clear that silverware is on his mind.
“I want to add what I can bring to the squad, they’re a top four team and been there the past few years so hopefully we can do something great this year.
“I played here last year and the fans are very passionate, the Catalans people are very proud about rugby league and seeing that every home game will be something massive for myself. It’s something I want to be a part of.”
Ma’u will get a chance to show out in front of the home fans in week two with the French side travelling to Wakefield for their opener before they host new boys Leigh Leopards.