Written by Joshua Dean
Moses Suli looks certain to leave the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles as early as the end of this season.
St George Illawarra Dragons have tabled a three year deal for his services, however, there are many other clubs that should be hunting for his signature.
One club that are in desperate need of a strike centre is the New Zealand Warriors, who have had one in Peta Hiku who is now leaving to join the Cowboys. The centre position at the Warriors has always been a cursed position and Moses Suli could be the one that changes that.
Leaving the Sea Eagles is the best thing Suli can do for his career. He has been highly impressive for the club but has only played 12 matches in various positions. His most notable game was against the Raiders in Round 23, where he ran for 210 metres and made 11 tackle breaks. No one could tackle him on that night due to his sheer pace and strength.
Suli would fit perfectly with the Warriors. His skills are exactly what the club has been missing and will miss even more when Peta Hiku departs. Historically, the team have relied on their outside backs like Fusitua, Maumalo and Tuivasa-Sheck to make metres off early hit-ups. This season they have completely lacked that, with their backs struggling to make yards. Suli runs hard and will be determined to be a regular in a first grade side.
There were a couple times early on in his career where his defence was an obvious weakness, missing tackles frequently. However, this season he has shown major improvement in that area and could become a valuable edge defender. His tackle efficiency of 90% this season is extremely impressive for a centre.
His young age is another reason the Warriors should sign him. He is only 23 years old, with 78 first grade games already under his belt. Suli just needs a team that will give him the opportunity to shine and the Warriors currently need a centre. It is a perfect match.
With Manly keeping Suli caged, this is the time for a club to strike. A player like him needs consistent game time to develop. The Warriors may not even be interested in Suli, but they at least need to be investing in a new centre. Losing a player like Peta Hiku is massive because he does things that not many people can do and has been a game changer in several games for the club. Moses Suli has that same trait, where he can turn a game on it’s head.
The Warriors have several promising young stars like Reece Walsh and Suli would fit that timeline perfectly. Imagine him running alongside Walsh and Johnson on the edge. Warriors fans will be screaming with joy and he would quickly become a fan favourite. Obviously, the Dragons are favourites currently, but let’s hope that the Warriors pull off a late move and sign the promising and talented Moses Suli because it would be tremendous.
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