Zeb Taia showed how convincingly he adapted to the toughest club competition in the world after three seasons in Super League by becoming inaugural winner of the Aquis Titans NRL Coach’s Award.
Taia, the tireless second-rower who didn’t miss a match until he cruelly had to withdraw minutes before the elimination final against Brisbane Broncos, was selected by head coach Neil Henry and his assistants as the model professional deserving of their credit.
“The coach’s award is designed to recognise a player who encompasses the attitude required to be a valuable team member and someone who contributes to the team more than just on field,” said head coach Neil Henry.
“Zeb has been professional in all that he has done since returning from Catalans and been a positive impact on players around him.
“His leadership as a senior player, coupled with his durability and performance on the field, ensured that he proved to himself and certainly others that - even after being away from the NRL for three years in Super League - he was able to play some outstanding football in NRL on a consistent level, which is a credit to him.
“He is one of our leaders who always takes a vested interest in players around him, particularly young players especially getting used to the rigours of the tough NRL competition and what it takes to compete consistently.”