There comes a time during a player's career in which they feel it is the right time to move on for whatever reason, and for fringe Parramatta Eels utility Taulima Tautai, that time was now – with the 25-year old taking up a deal with the Wakefield Wildcats in the English Super League.
The release is effective immediately with both club and player coming to an agreement, with the Parramatta junior from the Cabra-Vale Diggers Cobras debuting in 2008.
He went on to play 72 NRL games since then for the Eels and the Cronulla Sharks, with Eels boss Ken Edwards wishing the departing forward all the best.
â€œThis is a great opportunity for Taulima to test himself in a new competition. He has been a great servant to this club and we wish him all the best for his next challenge,â€ Pirtek Parramatta Eels CEO Ken Edwards said.
For Tautai, he is excited at the opportunity to sign with Wakefield and has spoken to former team-mate Tim Smith about the move.
â€œI canâ€™t wait. Itâ€™s a good opportunity for a new start and Iâ€™m looking forward to it. I want to give something back to Wakefield and establish a career for myself in Super League.
â€œIâ€™m really excited, the game is really fast paced and physical over there so I think itâ€™ll suit my game. I watched the Wakefield vs. Catalan game on TV recently and thereâ€™s some big boys over there.
â€œI started my ca
reer 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.
â€œI spoke to Timmy (Smith) and he gave Wakefield a massive rap. He said the teamâ€™s really good, itâ€™s a good bunch of boys and heâ€™s really enjoying it. I spoke with Richard Agar too and I just canâ€™t wait to get over now.â€
The club are equally excited to have signed Tautai, especially seeing as he is match fit and ready to play immediately.
â€œHeâ€™s fit and ready to go,â€ said Wakefield head coach Richard Agar.
â€œIt will give us a boost at this stage (of the season) and we havenâ€™t filled the quota spot that Isaac (John) had which has been empty for most of the season. It will certainly give us what weâ€™ve been looking for a while which is increased competition for places among our middle men which is something that will help our squad.
â€œHeâ€™s not played at Parra at all this year and hence heâ€™s looking for a move, weâ€™ve been able to utilise that situation and the timing of it has suited both parties.
â€œHeâ€™s formally an outside back but has made the transition into the forwards over the last two or three seasons.
â€œHeâ€™ll certainly add to the strength and depth of our forward back, heâ€™s got good footwork and a real ability to get you on the front foot and get you a quick play of the ball.
â€œHe 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.â€