Mate, do you reckon Vuna was a factor?
I think his choices to move offshore were based on the fact that there was a long line of players who were to be preferred in front of him.
I think Vuna could definitely be a factor in him moving to Newcastle though.
Actually come to think about it Vuna tried to pull Sonny Fai away shortly after he left us but Fai came out and said he is loyal to the club for showing faith in him and he would stick around.
Bummer. From the little I'd seen of him he was very aggressive. I just wondered a little though whether he was the same body type of Lauaki, and could suffer similar inconsistencies in his game? Guess we'll never know, so that's sad.
Not completely true. He is definitely a big hitter and in attack he has that spark. I remember watching him as a center and big wraps were on him then but for me personally he never kicked on like Matulino and Fai did. In saying that I haven't seen him since he started playing for the Vulcans.
In the end, I am only basing my opinion on his ability. I have no idea of the politics behind it and there may or may not be internal issues there. By the sound of Skinner (who is definitely in the know) on LU, he seems to think that Mika's head is well screwed on - leaving me to believe he believed he could take his ability elsewhere and get a go.
Apparently he turned up in the Newcastle camp a little overweight too. Not sure if that has anything to do with it. And that could just be a rumour.
BUT you guys shouldn't be worried. We have copious amount of backrow talent available at the moment floating around in the NYC and Fai and Matulino are better players over Mika.
We can't keep them all - and in this case I believe we kept the best.