Castleford star Sosaia Feki admits he almost retired after a horrific series of injuries


The big NRL signing was on the brink of abandonment after managing just one game in more than two years after a horrific injury streak, but the Tonga winger is now vowing to show the club his true quality.

Castleford Tigers’ Sosaia Feki in his only appearance for the club to date against Hull

With three serious injuries and just one game in over two years, it’s no wonder Castleford’s Sosaia Feki felt his move to the Super League was bewitched.

Such was his luck that the frustrated Tonga winger even contemplated wrapping up after his move from Cronulla went awry. But the relieved Feki, 30, is now on the comeback trail and ready to make up for lost time. He recently negotiated a reserve game safely at Castleford and is now on two weeks’ loan to neighboring championship club Featherstone to build up his fitness.

It will hopefully end his horrendous injury streak that left the ailing Feki fearing the worst. He tore a calf in a friendly in January 2020 and didn’t make his competitive Cas debut until eight months later in the Challenge Cup against Hull. However, the prolific Aucklander suffered a knee injury after just 24 minutes and was sidelined for the remainder of the season.

To make matters worse, Feki didn’t play at all last year after suffering a gruesome Achilles tendon tear in pre-season training. There were a lot of “down” days, and when asked if he thought his move was jinxed, he admitted, “Yeah, that’s what it felt like back then. I’ve never been hurt like this before, so it was a fall for me. It’s great to just come back and play as I’ve been thinking about retiring after my third injury.

“I’m just happy to be able to play again. Now I’m concentrating on getting some games for Cas. I’ve been here for two years and I owe them one. Hopefully I can go out on the field for them. That’s the main thing.”

NRL Grand Final winner Feki, who could make his Featherstone debut at Dewsbury on Sunday, played a half against Salford’s reserve and scored a try. He recalled: “I was just excited to get back out there and get a few minutes in my legs as I’ve obviously been out for two years.

Castleford Tigers’ Sosaia Feki


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“I mainly just wanted to get through half-time without hurting myself any more. I was happy with how it went. I played 40 minutes and wanted to play more – but our conditioner came and took out my GPS so I knew that was it!”

With Bureta Faraimo, Greg Eden, Derrell Olpherts, James Clare and Jason Qareqare, the competition for Tigers wing spots is fierce. But Feki, who was out of contract at the end of the season, conceded: “It’s good to join Fev as I definitely need time to play. In the Super League you have to last the full 80 minutes and I don’t think I’m up to that standard at the moment. That will do me good.”

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