Once upon a time, Willie Isa used to play for the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers, with fans of those clubs possibly remembering his time with them.
Since departing the NRL, Isa has enjoyed a successful foray into the Super League after stints with the Castleford Tigers and the Widnes Vikings.
Now, he embarks on a new adventure, signing a 2-year deal with the Wigan Warriors.
Isa is also a Samoan international, making 87 appearances for the Widnes team over four years with his two year deal to commence in November.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane admits that the utility was on the club’s radar for some time and he is excited to have him on board.
“I’ve been monitoring Willie for some time and didn’t think twice about completing this deal when we had the chance,” said Wane.
“He is highly thought of here at Wigan. Our senior players, who we consulted, all commented that he is a fierce competitor who is tough to play against.
“At 26 years of age, his best years are yet to come. He is a big pacey player who can play in a number of positions. I think he will really suit our style and the Wigan fans will really warm to him.”
For the man himself, although he is currently injured and not playing, he knew that when this offer came along, he had to take it.
I am absolutely delighted to have joined Wigan,” said Isa.
“There were a few offers on the table but I simply couldn’t turn down this chance when it came along.
“I’m really grateful to Shaun Wane and Kris Radlinski for this opportunity, I’m working hard on some rehabilitation stuff at the moment but will be fit and raring to go next season.”