The Wildcats are delighted to announce Taulima Tautai has signed for the Wildcats until the end of the 2014 campaign and will join the club immediately after his release from Parramatta Eels.
The prop forward has played over 70 first grade games in the NRL for Parramatta and Cronulla Sharks after making his debut for the Eels in 2008 and he will arrive at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Wednesday morning and will be sponsored by HS Security.
The 25-year-old is predominantly a prop but started his career as a back and has plenty of experience playing both on the wing and centre position before converting himself into a barnstorming forward.
The Australian-born player burst onto the scene in 2008 and was awarded the Eels Rookie of the Year before moving to Cronulla for the 2010 campaign where he lined up alongside some of the current Wildcat stars.
The 6ft 3in giant who weighs in at over 17 stone has represented Samoa in the past and will be hoping to force his way into their World Cup squad at the end of the season and he hopes to enjoy a successful time in the northern hemisphere.
“I can’t wait. It’s a good opportunity for a new start and I’m looking forward to it. I want to give something back to Wakefield and establish a career for myself in Super League.
“I’m really excited, the game is really fast paced and physical over there so I think it’ll suit my game. I watched the Wakefield vs. Catalan game on TV recently and there’s some big boys over there.
“I started my career out on the wing but I like to be involved, get my hands on the ball, make tackles and go looking for work so I enjoy playing in the middle.
“I spoke to Timmy (Smith) and he gave Wakefield a massive rap. He said the team’s really good, it’s a good bunch of boys and he’s really enjoying it. I spoke with Richard Agar too and I just can’t wait to get over now.”
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar was pleased to boost his options in the pack as the Wildcats strive to mount a challenge on the play-off spots.
“He’s fit and ready to go,” said the head coach.
“It will give us a boost at this stage (of the season) and we haven’t filled the quota spot that Isaac (John) had which has been empty for most of the season. It will certainly give us what we’ve been looking for a while which is increased competition for places among our middle men which is something that will help our squad.
“He’s not played at Parra at all this year and hence he’s looking for a move, we’ve been able to utilise that situation and the timing of it has suited both parties.
“He’s formally an outside back but has made the transition into the forwards over the last two or three seasons.
“He’ll certainly add to the strength and depth of our forward back, he’s got good footwork and a real ability to get you on the front foot and get you a quick play of the ball.
“He has a little bit of versatility that he can play front-row and back-row and certainly in the short term we see him as an addition to our front-row.”
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