Kevin Naiqama shelves retirement plans to join Sydney Roosters for 2022

St Helens’ Grand Final hero Kevin Naiqama has signed for Sydney Roosters after abandoning plans to hang up his boots.

Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 8:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 8:14 am
Kevin Naiqama

The 32-year-old centre announced his decision to retire in the wake of his two-try man-of-the-match performance in Saints’ 12-10 win over Catalans Dragons at Old Trafford in October.

However, the Roosters have announced the capture of the Fiji captain for the 2022 NRL season.

A statement read: “The Sydney Roosters are pleased to announce the signing of Fiji captain and three-time Super League champion Kevin Naiqama for season 2022.”

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Naiqama played 113 matches in the NRL for Newcastle Knights, Penrith and Wests Tigers before joining St Helens ahead of the 2019 season.

His decision to continue playing means he will be around to lead Fiji in the delayed 2021 World Cup in England next October and November.

He has featured in 19 Tests and 10 World Cup matches and has captained the side since 2016.