TONGA international Manase Manuokafoa has expressed his excitement at the prospect of finally linking up with a fellow countryman in Bradford Bulls colours.
After three weeks on the sidelines, nursing a hamstring injury, the 29-year-old looks set to return to action on Saturday as Francis Cummins' men battle Catalan Dragons.
If selected for the Perpignan clash, prop Manuokafoa will likely partner Antonio Kaufusi – the man he featured alongside for Tonga in the 2008 World Cup – in the Bulls' front row.
Loanee Kaufusi arrived at The Provident Stadium earlier this month but has yet to be reunited with his fellow compatriot.
“Missing the last three games has been massively frustrating, especially with us being pretty short up front,” said Manuokafoa.
“The boys have put a huge amount of effort in, despite the difficult circumstances with injuries, but we are getting the bodies back now, which is great.
“I should be good to go for this weekend and that means I will get to play with my buddy, Antonio. I am really excited about that.
“This game is an extremely important one. We need a result and that is what we intend to get.
“The Dragons are always strong on their own patch but we beat them in the Challenge Cup and believe we can do it again, in France.
“I am very confident in the ability of my team-mates. We just need to stick to the game plan and get the job done.”
Manuokafoa and his Bulls colleagues will return to The Provident Stadium on Sunday June 1, with arch-rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats providing the opposition.
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