Duo ink AFL deal

Jiuta Vateitei, left, and Isei Moses. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

“Not everybody will get a chance to play rugby or rugby league, and there are many more doors to walk through if you put your mind to it.”

This is the comment of Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji player Jiuta Vateitei, who is set to depart Fiji soon after securing a professional contract to play AFL in Australia.

Vateitei, 24 of Namuka Village, Bau, Tailevu, who plays midfielder with his teammate Isei Moses, 23, of Natuva Village, Tai-Vugalei in Tailevu, a fullback, depart our shores for a two-year stint with New South Wales-based Shellharbour City Suns AFL Club.

“Every Fijian wants to play rugby and rugby league, but only a handful gets selected,” Moses said.

“I know some people think that AFL is not a tough competition, but until they try it they’ll see it is very competitive and aggressive and suits us well.”

Products of the Raiwaqa Crows AFL Fiji Club, the duo have been part of the AFL Fiji system and represented Fiji in the sport since 2010 Not only that, they also donned the national colours and represented Fiji in volleyball in 2016 and 2017.

Vateitei urged other Fijians to give AFL a try because it might give them an opportunity they are looking for.

“It is all about the mindset,” Vateitei said.

“The key is to just take that first step, it will be hard but once they taste it, they won’t regret it.”

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