Roosters rescued me from UK gloom
RETURNING Roosters enforcer Frank-Paul Nu’uasusala has hit out at Wigan for making his release from the English club difficult, saying: “They didn’t care about my family”.
Nu’uasusala has resurrected his NRL career at Bondi, but he says his two-year-stint with the Warriors became so mentally draining that he wanted to retire.
He says homesickness prompted him to ask for a release with two years remaining on his contract. Wigan eventually agreed, but Nu’uasusala believes they could have handled the process with greater compassion and class.
“They did things that I felt were not professional and right to be honest,” Nu’uasusala told The Sunday Telegraph.
“They didn’t want to release me early and they were just trying to play hard ball.
“They can say what they want, but I know the truth and I’ve got the proof if they want to come out. I still had a contract, but they made it difficult and they didn’t really care about my family to be honest.
“Things at Wigan just weren’t working and I wanted to come back home to my family. I felt like I was wasting my time in England and I was just over it to be honest. I was going to retire, but my wife said I’ve still got a chance to play in the NRL.”
Nu’uasusala, 31, initially weighed up an offer from Wests Newcastle, but this changed when his former teammate Jared WaereaHarg re aves contacted him about returning to the Roosters. “Jared found out I was going to retire, so he called me,” he said.
“I’ve always been close to him. But I didn’t answer for two days, so he texted me telling me to answer.
“I called and he said, ‘do you want to come back to the Roosters?’ I still have goosebumps about the conversation.
“I spoke to Robbo and I remember crying, because I had a feeling that I was going to come home.”
To understand Nu’uasusala’s deep love for the Roosters, you only have to look at his back.
There in red, white and blue is a 2013 premiership tattoo that symbolises his strong connection to the Bondi-based club.
Nu’uasusala is so loyal to the Tricolours, he refused to get a Wigan tattoo when he won a premiership with the Warriors in 2016.
Now Nu’uasusala is back at the Roosters, he feels compelled to repay the club he credits for helping him transform from a boy to a man.
“Everyone that knows me knows that the Roosters are my family,” he said. “I spent 10 years at the Roosters, so I feel like the club is part of me. I will always bleed tricolours no matter what.”
Nu’uasusala comes full circle on Wednesday when he plays in the traditional Anzac Day clash against St George Illawarra. He has found memories of beating the Dragons in his maiden Anzac clash back in 2007. “I hold that game dearly,” he said. “I remember the Australian national anthem and the jets coming over. It was also the Roosters’ 1000th win in the NRL and we were the first club to do it.”