DUBBED as one of the best finishers in the history of rugby league, Fijian sensational Akuila Uate arrived into the country with a mission to accomplish.
The Newcastle Knight's try-scoring machine is eager to continue his mesmerising form at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup in Australia after helping the Vodafone Fiji Bati reach the semi- finals. And despite being drawn alongside heavyweights Australia and England, the Votua flyer is optimistic of a good outing at the world cup.
Uate said he was privileged to be included in the Fiji team after missing out on the Australian selection.
The 26-year-old said he was looking forward to teaming up with his fellow countrymen.
"I have been selected for my country and I will perform to my very best come world cup," said
"I am happy with the squad even though there is nothing confirmed on (John) Sutton's selection as he is waiting for the Australian team announcement. But that is for them, I am here for a purpose and I am honoured to play with the Fiji boys."
The Fijian flyer said he was honoured to represent his country after having played for Australia in 2011 and 2012.
"If I don't get picked for Australia, Fiji is always there for me and Fiji is my home and I won't say 'no' to it," said Uate.
"Playing against Australia and England in the same tournament will be tough but I have faith in the team."
Uate, who arrived with his partner Samantha Maton, reunited with their daughter Tatianna Uate who was in Fiji.
"I happy to also spend time with my family here in Fiji before joining the team on Tuesday," he said.
The star winger was welcomed at the airport by Vodafone Fiji Bati manager Mesake Navugona.
Skipper Petero Civoniceva and the rest of the Fiji Bati players are expected to arrive in the country today.