At 31 and with a multitude of games to his belt, Anthony Tupou has entered that phase of his career where a new challenge is sought after. Something that he has always been keen to do and that is playing in the Super League.
That opportunity will occur now, with the veteran forward signing Tupou on a 2-year deal from next season.
Versatile across the forward pack, Tupou was originally a Sydney Roosters player before joining the Cronulla Sharks where he spent the last six years.
He found his form over the last couple of years much like years past, when he made the Australian squad in 2006.
Most notably, he bounced back from a horrific jaw injury earlier this year to propel the Sharks into the finals and was a solid performer for them mostly off the bench.
The veteran himself always harboured a desire to play in the Super League and he now has that chance.
“The decision to leave home wasn’t easy for me but the opportunity to be a part of a club that is changing and building is really exciting to me,” said Tupou.
“Playing in Super League is something I always knew I would do one day if I had the chance. The style of league here is refreshing and the unpredictability is what I love the most about it.”
Wakefield coach Brian Smith is well aware of Tupou’s form and exploits over the last few years and he is pleased to have a forward of his calibre on board.
“Anthony Tupou has chosen to join the Wildcats in what must be one of the club’s biggest moments for foreign imports,” said Smith.
“Toops has a tremendous representative record with Australia and NSW Blues as well as an NRL record with the Roosters and Sharks. His leadership and great attacking talents are sure to light up the 2016 Super League and Wakefield.”