If I had to summarize the 2019 season for Tui Lolohea, perhaps the best way to describe it would be the worst of times followed by the best of times.
Anyway, this is how man looks at him.
A change to Leeds Rhinos by Wests Tigers in a three-year contract ended in Lolohea after only 17 appearances after early season turmoil that led to the dismissal of head coach David Furner after just six months in charge.
St Helens vs Salford Red Devils
January 31, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
But joining Salford, with Robert Lui moving in the other direction, was revitalizing for the midfielder when the team made an unlikely race to a grand opening Super League final, where they faced the leaders of the fugitive league St Helens.
And, to top it all, the 25-year-old was part of a historic winter for the Tonga national team, as he defeated Britain and then became the first Level Two team to beat the kings of the international league of Australia rugby.
“It turned out to be an incredible year,” said Lolohea Sky sports. “I was near my lowest point and then at my highest point, so I will never forget the year I had in Salford and Leeds.
“It’s all part of the rugby league and learning on the go. I enjoyed my time in Leeds, although it didn’t work out and probably didn’t help me to be inconsistent, but (head coach) Ian Watson and (CEO) Ian Blease did A good job taking me to his team in Salford and buying his culture.