Tautai to move to Warriors

  • Last Updated: May 28 2014, 17:30 BST

Super League champions Wigan have announced the signing of Wakefield forward Taulima Tautai on a deal effective from the end of the season.

Taulima Tautai: Will join Wigan Warriors in November
Taulima Tautai: Will join Wigan Warriors in November

The hard-hitting 26-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with Shaun Wane's side, with Wigan saying that his performance against them earlier this season brought him to their attention.

A statement said he impressed club officials "with a series of strong performances early in the season, especially against the Warriors at the DW Stadium in March".

The Samoa international, who signed for Wakefield last season, has also played in the NRL with Parramatta and Cronulla.

"I am absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Taulima. He will fit perfectly into our system and makes our squad even stronger with his aggressive running style and his attitude to defend, which is just the way I like it," said Wane.

"I'm sure our fans will also love Taulima's style, whilst he is a great guy off the field and will fit straight into our group."

The player himself believes this is the right move for his career.

"I am excited for the opportunity of becoming a Wigan Warrior in 2015. I am looking forward to improving as a player and growing as part of their team. I am very impressed with Wigan and feel that this is the right step forward for me in my life and career," he said.

"Although I am grateful for this move I would not be in this position if it wasn't for Richard Agar believing in me and giving me my first chance in Super League. My focus for the rest of the 2014 season will be to return from injury and put my energy into the success of my current team, Wakefield Wildcats."