Currently on duty with the Samoan national side at the World Cup, you would not think that committing to a club side would occur but it has – with Frank Winterstein signing a 1-year deal with the Bradford Bulls.
Winterstein, who has spent the last two seasons at Widnes, is pleased to have the chance to join the Bulls next season.
â€œThe Bulls have brought in some good signings and kept a couple of guys who were on loan there. They will definitely have a good squad next year and Iâ€™m looking forward to moving over,” said Winterstein.
â€œIâ€™ve met Franny, his coaching team and all the backroom staff. I was really impressed with all the facilities at Tong and what their vision is to go forward.
â€œItâ€™s a great club and hopefully we can bring it back to its glory days. Itâ€™s about gelling as a team and really pushing hard for a play-off spot.
When it comes to positions, Winterstein will play wherever is required and wherever is best for the team but if you ask him, the back-row is where he belongs.
â€œIâ€™m definitely an edge back-rower,” said Winterstein.
“Iâ€™ve been thrown in at the centre a couple of times but I donâ€™t really mind what happens â€“ whatever is best for the team.â€
The club themselves are pleased with the signing, with Francis Cummins – the Bradford coach – pleased to have signed the hulking forward.
â€œFrank is a great signing for us,” said Cummins.
“He is big and powerful but he has great skills and can play in a few positions.
“I was very impressed with him when I met him and I am sure he will prove to be a valuable member of our squad.â€