Former NRL utility signs with Wigan

Taulima Tautai

When opportunities arise at rival teams, some players often take those and for Taulima Tautai, he grabbed a chance to play for the Wigan Warriors, signing a 3-year deal with the club.

Those NRL fans that follow the Cronulla Sharks and the Parramatta Eels will be aware of Tautai, with the utility playing in several first-grade games for both sides over a number of years.

Since his departure from the NRL, Tautai has played for the Wakefield Wildcats and after some strong performances for his current club – especially against Wigan – the Warriors opted to pounce.

The club are aware of his talents and know that he will fit into their system and their style of play.

“I am absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Taulima,” said Wigan head coach, Shaun Wane.

“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. 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”.

Equally excited is the Samoan representative himself, who is excited at the new move but thankful for the Wildcats and Richard Agar in giving him an opportunity in the Super League.

“I am excited for the opportunity of becoming a Wigan Warrior in 2015,” said Tautai.

“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.

“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”.

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