Sam Moa desperate to feature in Hull FC's play-off clash with Huddersfield
SAM Moa admits he is desperate to be given the all clear to make an emotional return to action for Hull FC in the play-offs this Sunday.
The 26-year-old prop, who is leaving to join NRL side Sydney Roosters at the end of the season, has not played since tearing a bicep against Huddersfield in July.
At the time, Moa was ruled out for the rest of the season and his Black and Whites career appeared to have met a sad end.
However, having never given up hope of battling back to fitness, Moa was today seeing a specialist and hoping to be given the green light to play.
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And the powerful Tongan admits it would be a devastating blow not to get the news he has been hoping for.
"One hundred per cent I am desperate to play again for this club," Moa told the Mail.
"At the awards dinner on Sunday I was getting upset about not being here next season and that I am leaving my mates in this team.
"I'm desperate to play, but I'm not getting carried away.
"I would have to make the team first. But what better way for me to leave than to play with this side again and contribute to us doing well in the play-offs."
Moa has become a firm crowd favourite at the KC Stadium since arriving as an unknown quantity in 2009.
His no-nonsense approach and complete commitment has seen fans take him to their hearts.
And he admits it would be special to play in front of them again at the KC.
"Last week's atmosphere was terrific and walking around with the players and the kids after the game, and waving to the fans, was special," he said.
"The ovation was terrific and there is nothing that beats playing at the KC. Hopefully, I can play one more time in front of those fans. It would be special for me."
Hull head into the knockout clash with Huddersfield having found some form, with successive victories over Bradford and Castleford lifting confidence.
Keen not to let his side down in the biggest game of the season, Moa says he will not let emotions colour his judgement on his own fitness, knowing the Giants are tough opponents.
"Huddersfield are a very dangerous side. They have been inconsistent in the back end of the year, but with the squad they have they can beat anybody on their day," he added.
"The boys have been playing really well the last few weeks and going into the play-offs it is all about momentum, so I know I face a tough test to even be selected, if I'm declared fully fit.
"But I know that if I cannot contribute because I'm not fit enough to play then I won't play. It is about the team, not me having a send off.
"It I was 70 per cent I wouldn't want to come in when somebody can play at 100 per cent, that's not right for the team and I won't jeopardise our play-off chances.
"If I can't play I'll wish the boys all the best and look on as a fan."