Wests Tigers forward Sauaso Sue says retiring vice-captain Dene Halatau has been a great role model for all players, and especially those from the Pacific Islands.

A Samoan international, Sue has played with Halatau since the former New Zealand international returned from the Bulldogs for the start of the 2014 season, and said that his leadership and experience will be sorely missed by all players at the Club next season.

"He's been a great player on and off the field," Sue said.

"He's got a lot of knowledge and experience. He's a good friend.

"Polynesian blokes have looked up to him and he's been a great role model for us.

"In the leadership group, he's really been helpful in teaching me how to approach things and he's been a great help for me in developing my career.

"He's a perfect example of what it means to be a professional athlete.

"Hopefully we can finish the season well for him and send him off on a high."

See what Sauaso had to say about Dene's retirement and more in the video above.

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