Performing strongly in the NSW Cup this season, Bill Tupou was on the cusp of first-grade opportunities but with the side remaining largely intact and injury-free, that never eventuated.
So, with immediate effect and in search of more regular first-grade action, the Canberra Raiders utility back has been granted an release effective immediately and signed with English Super League side, the Wakefield Wildcats.
Contracted until the end 2015, the club were not about to stand in his way and deny him opportunity. His stint at the Raiders started in mid-2013 and in that time, he played in 14 NRL games for the club.
As for the Wildcats, they are excited to have him and Tupou can be available for them in their clash against Huddersfield this week.
With 62 NRL games in total to his name – Tupou previously played for the New Zealand Warriors – the 25-year old is a player that Wakefield believe can bring a lot to the club.
â€œI am delighted to welcome Bill to the club he will provide a much needed competition in the centre position,” said Wildcats Chairman, Michael Carter.
“I am looking forward to seeing him in red, white and blue.â€
It was all about opportunity for Tupou and he is keen to get stuck into playing for his new club and doing his part to keep them in the Super League.
â€œI am extremely excited about the opportunity I have here at Wakefield Trinity,” said Tupou. I want to help the club remain in Super League and will give my everything to try and make that happen.”