Super League star draws on own prison experience to inspire young offenders

One of Huddersfield Giants experienced stars, who spent time in prison in his youth, is working alongside a number of other Super League players at Wetherby prison to help young offenders turn their lives around.

Suaia Matagi served a three year jail sentence in his teens when he became embroiled in the life of gangs back home.

The 31 year old turned his life around to become a star in the NRL before making the move to Super League and has been working alongside Giants teammates and players from Wakefield Trinity to inspire the younger generation into making better life choices as part of a project led by the Rugby League Cares charity.

“One thing I’ve learned looking back is that everyone in life makes mistakes,” he said.

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“We’re all going to get knocked down some time in our life, it’s about standing back up and going again. You have to show that resilience.

“It’s been good. We’ve had a mentoring role where we take them under our wing and I’ve seen a change in the boys with their attitude and stuff like that.

“When you get to know them, they’re really good kids. They’re just youngsters who have made bad decisions and mistakes and they’re willing to take a second chance.”