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Naiqama to join London Broncos

Arin Kumar
Friday, August 29, 2014

FORMER Fiji Bati captain Wes Naiqama has inked a move to England to join the London Broncos which competes in the Super League.

The move was confirmed on the club website and said it was a two year deal which would begin in 2015.

On the website, Naiqama was quoted saying it was his goal to play in the United Kingdom.

"I'm very happy with my decision to sign with the club," the 31-year-old said.

"It was always a goal of mine from early in my career to play in the UK at some stage."

The club was relegated from the main competition and Naiqama wants to help the side get back to the top.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping London win promotion.

"It's unfortunate the club got relegated this year, but I feel the current squad will be better for the experience and will be hungrier than ever for it."

The centre made only eight starts for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL competition this season.

Broncos head coach Joey Grima said Naiqama was highly regarded in the Panthers community.

"Over the last four-to-five weeks I've been doing my due diligence on Wes and I've spoken to some high profile people in the world of rugby league, including players from Penrith and they all have a huge amount of respect for Wes," he said.

"He holds a senior player role and was part of the Fiji leadership team and he's the type of person we are attracting."

Naiqama has featured in over 120 games in the NRL for the St George Illawarra Dragons, Newcastle Knights and the Panthers and won 13 caps for the Vodafone Fiji Bati since his international debut in 2006.

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