SETAIMATA Sa has set himself the task of playing in the Intrust Super Cup (ISC) for the QCCS Mackay Cutters after signing a three-year contract with the club which includes an electrical apprenticeship. The Cutters have inked a deal with the international football star as the club continues to add to the team’s power plays out wide.
The 29-year-old has a wealth of high level experience having played 5 internationals for New Zealand, sixty-six NRL games for the Sydney Roosters and over one hundred and thirty English super leagues games with the Catalans Dragons, Hull FC and this season with the Widnes Vikings.
The Samoan born international will move from England to Mackay with his English born wife Clair and their 2 young children. Setaimata will begin the 2017 ISC season with the Cutters where he has been earmarked for a key role by new Cutters coach Steve Sheppard.
“It’s a fantastic boost for our club to sign someone with the experience and quality that Sa brings. The highly skilled centre is a proven performer at the highest levels,” he said.
“We’re hopeful that he’ll make an immediate impact on our young squad both on and off the field. We’re sure that he will prove to be a key signing for the club for the next 3 seasons.”
At 29 Sa says he still has plenty to offer the Cutters and is very much looking forward to making the warmer climate of Mackay home for his family.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to return to Australia and introduce my family to Mackay. I can’t wait to get into the pre-season with my new teammates.”
Cutters CEO Troy Rovelli is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with Sa again after previously having a close working relationship while at the Roosters together. However Rovelli says it is imperative that Sa gains employment as an electrical apprentice in Mackay to secure the deal.
“Sa’s signing includes employment as an electrical apprentice. A deal has fallen through with the company who had agreed to employ Sa and we’re calling on local businesses that may be able to offer him an apprenticeship next year to give us a call.”
Setaimata Sa will arrive in January 2017 to begin his pre-season. Local companies that can offer employment to him or other Mackay Cutters players are encouraged to contact Cutters CEO Troy Rovelli.