Saifiti earns respect of his teammates
nib Newcastle Knights forward Daniel Saifiti was awarded Players’ Player six times during the season, so it was no surprise that he took out the Players’ Player award at the Club’s presentation night last week.
“I am stoked,” smiled Saifiti.
“I wasn’t really expecting it but it is great to have the respect of my peers.
“If I had to choose an award, I would have chosen this one, that’s the one you want.”
With an average of 22 tackles per game, the 21-year-old did more than his fair share when it came to the Knights' defensive efforts.
The big forward also ranked third for the Knights in all run metres.
“Playing in the middle, the work rate is probably the hardest but it is something I enjoy doing,” he said.
“I am happy to continue doing it for Newcastle in the future and its part of my job to run the ball.
“Week in week out, I am happy to do that for the boys.”
While it was clearly an impressive season, the season’s end came with some unfortunate news as the Saifiti twin suffered a shoulder injury in Round 25 and was ruled out for their final match and the World Cup.
“This season went so quick and I didn’t really want it to end but I’ve got surgery next week and I’m going to miss the World Cup,” Saifiti explained.
But, he’s already looking forward to coming back for pre-season training on November 1.
“I can’t wait to get back for next season,” Saifiti declared.