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It was 2017 and Tautau Moga was flying.

He was injury free for the first time in a long day and playing the brand of football which saw his name in the conversation for Queensland.

Part of the emerging State of Origin squad with Kalyn Ponga, the centre never thought about leaving the Broncos.

That was until the nib Newcastle Knights made a call.

Still, Moga had the option to stay in Red Hill for 2018 but was intrigued enough by the interest from the Knights to take a meeting.

It was during this gathering, over a meal cooked by Nathan Brown's wife, Tanya, that Moga started to see himself wearing the red and blue.


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"At the time I signed with two years at the Broncos but the 2018 season was optional to me," Moga explained on the Our Town Our Team podcast.

"I had a breakout season last year.

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"Browny and (General Manager Football, Darren) Mooney got in contact with my manager and said the Knights are pretty keen to secure you.

"At the time I told him 'I want to stay in Brisbane'. It just happened, hey?

"I came down here on one of the byes and checked it out.

"I came down to visit and went to Browny's. We ended up going to Browny's house and having a feed. His wife cooked butter chicken and a pie. Some kind of pie. It was a good pie too."

A few weeks later he signed with the Knights.

While sidelined with an ACL injury, Moga is walking around with a smile on his face.

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Life is great. Why? The town and his teammates.

So how's he enjoying life in the hunter?

"Loving it," he said.

"Good group, good organisation. The boys are a tight-knit group.

"My wife is from Sydney, close to her parents. She's happy. We're loving it."

Unlike at some organisations, the Knights is an inclusive environment.

There's no cliques.

All the teammates socialise with one another and hold strong bonds away from the field.

"I get along with everyone," he said.

"There's no cliques here and there.

"I spent a lot of time in rehab with D Saf. I talk to him and J Saf heaps. I spent a lot of time with Mitch Barnett."

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