NEWCASTLE Knights have signed recently-departed Giants back-row forward David Fa’alogo on a one-year deal.
The 32-year-old left Huddersfield at the end of the season to bring the curtain down on a three-year 53-game Super League stay.
But despite suffering an injury-hit time in England, top Australian NRL club Newcastle have moved in.
And Knights coach and former Fartown player Wayne Bennett feels Fa’alogo could follow former Leeds Rhinos hooker Danny Buderus in making a successful return from the UK.
“David wanted to finish his career in Australia and at a club that is going places, that is pretty much the conversation we had,” said Bennett.
“He is coming here for the right reasons. He isn’t coming here for the money but he feels he owes a lot to rugby league and wanted to come and finish his career in Australia playing good footy.
“People who have played with or against David will tell you he is a good player and he is the type of player I like to coach – committed and you know they are going to get the job done.”
Bennett said Fa’alogo’s contract could be extended for a second year if his form warranted it.
The Giants have replaced Fa’alogo by Ukuma Ta’ai, who is joining from New Zealand Warriors for the next three seasons.