Naiqama to leave Saints

Naiqama to leave Saints

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St Helens have confirmed centre Kevin Naiqama will leave the club at the end of the season.

He signed for the club ahead of the 2019 season, and marked his debut with a try against Wigan Warriors. Since then, he has helped the club to back-to-back Super League titles, and also added a Challenge Cup winners ring to his collection this year.

The Fiji international cited his new born baby and his family as a key factor for returning to Australia.

Reacting to the news, he said: “Firstly, I want to thank Eamonn McManus, Mike Rush, Justin Holbrook and Kristian Woolf who all played a part in giving me the chance to play for this historic Club.

“Winning back-to-back Super League titles is something I never thought I would experience over here and to top it off with the Challenge Cup was unreal.

“Off the field times have been tough for everyone. On a personal note, my wife Lily gave birth to our first born recently. I had to experience the birth of my daughter through FaceTime – in a hospital car park.

“It’s been the hardest years we have faced as a couple, especially with my wife having to go through that on her own and it naturally caused a lot of traumas for the both of us.

“On the back of that, both myself and my wife’s mental health were affected, but I want to thank the Club Welfare team of Paul Johnson and Dave Kirk for helping us through it.

“I finally want to thank the St Helens fans, who have shown love to me and my family. I’m certainly going to miss St Helens and the community. I want to wish the Club all the best in the future, but my focus now is to end with a third Super League crown.”

Head Coach Kristian Woolf added:“I am really proud of Kev and Lily for the way they have handled themselves through some real challenging circumstances.

“Everyone can understand how difficult it must have been for them over here and having to go through that by themselves.

“Most people in their position would have most likely knocked on my door and asked to go home early, but I am really proud of the fact they have shown that commitment and toughness as a couple to get through it and see out the rest of the year with us at St Helens.

“The Club fully respects Kevin’s decision and we wish him well for the rest of the season and in his future endeavours.”

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