Samoa says farewell to Falcons
RUGBY LEAGUE: July 12, 2014, is a day Jake Samoa will never forget.
As he prepares to leave the club to chase opportunities in Sydney, the 26-year-old said the Falcons' first win in 36 games against Redcliffe (26-24) on that date, was a memory that will live with him forever.
"You could feel a massive sigh of relief from everyone after that,” he said.
"Even though we still held that record ... there was light at the end of the tunnel and you see it now. Gone are the days where you guys (media) are hammering us. It's all positive news.
"That game was a turning point and all the past coaches and players had a part in the lead-up to where it is now. No one has forgotten.”
Samoa admits he is going to miss the Falcons but the opportunity to try his luck in Sydney was too great to refuse.
He played 52 games for the Falcons between 2013 and 2016, after starting his Intrust Super Cup career with a 30-game stint at Norths.
The backrower declared he wasn't "finished yet” and has not given up on making his NRL debut as he prepares to link with Manly Warringah's new feeder club, the Blacktown Sea Eagles.
As the Falcons players, coaching staff and fans have come to know over the past five seasons, Samoa isn't one to get ahead of himself.
Since he linked with the club formerly known as the Sea Eagles in 2013, he has been in and out of the Intrust Super Cup frame a number of times.
One of the more popular figures to have ever passed through the gates, Samoa admits he became too complacent and "comfortable” with his life in Queensland.
"I'm going down there to find my feet and play good footy again,” he said.
"I believe in myself and I'll have no distractions around. I'm pretty excited to go there and start new.”
Samoa was listed as one of the players who was "in talks” with the club ahead of pre-season training, which got under way last week.
He now joins Tom Murphy, Callum and Rowan Klein, and Ryan Hansen, as stalwarts to depart Bokarina next season.
"I just thought I could go somewhere else and give it a proper crack.
"I want to give myself every opportunity to keep playing.”
He said the opportunity to get involved at Manly during the club's rebuilding phase was also a driving factor.