Wakefield Wildcats are delighted to announce their first signing for the 2014 season with Wigan Warriors forward Chris Tuson set to join on a two-year contract.
The 23-year-old is a product of the Wigan academy system and has made over 70 appearances for the Lancashire club including the 2011 World Club Challenge.
The forward also spent a short loan spell at Castleford in 2010 and has been a consistent fixture in the side in the last three seasons at the DW Stadium and featured in both games against the Wildcats in 2013.
The tough running forward came off the bench to good effect on Sunday while he started the reverse fixture earlier in the season and has scored six tries so far this year.
Speaking after playing against his future teammates last Sunday, Tuson says he is excited about moving to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium from next season.
“I’m really pleased and I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a bit of a strange one because I’ve been at Wigan all my life so I’ve never signed for another team and that’s obviously new to me.
“I met Richard (Agar) and I came over here to have a look around and he said nothing but good things. I spoke to Richard Mathers because I know him from when he used to play at Wigan and he said good things and they are a really good team as they proved on Sunday, it was a really tough game.
“As far as next year goes, I’m really excited and looking forward to coming here and showing Wakefield and the fans what I can do as well as bringing as my experience from playing in the Wigan team.
“My main aim is to play every week and be a stand out player. I’ve been playing a number of different roles and I really want to pin down that back-row position and make it my own.”
Tuson added that he has been very impressed with Trinity after pitting his wits against them twice this season but wants to end his career at the Warriors with some silverware.
“Last time we played Wakefield at our place they gave us a tough game when Justin Poore was sent-off early and they still scored points against us. When we did our review it was all about how Wakefield attack really well.
“Rich has spoken about how tight knit the team is now so hopefully I can come in and buy into what Richard wants and what his team are trying to do.
“I am a Wigan player and I want to see this season out with Wigan. I’ve come through this system with quite a few of the boys and I want to finish well, win some trophies and have a real strong end to 2013 then I can start thinking about Wakey.”
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to sign Chris,” said Richard Agar.
“He’s quite an experienced player now and he’s been a regular in a very strong side and arguably the best side in the competition over recent seasons.
“I think Chris will help us create a very hard edge while being ruthless because he’s a very aggressive and competitive player.
“He’s come out of a very strong system and I think he’ll add a lot of competitiveness which I’m sure he’s going to bring into our camp.”
You can listen to a full interview with Tuson on the Wildcats SoundCloud account HERE.
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