Worst kept secret confirmed as Tapine joins the Raiders

Joseph Tapine

It took a long time, went down numerous paths but it finally has a resolution, with the Canberra Raiders confirming the signing of Joseph Tapine. After a tumultuous period that saw the potential threat of legal action, a breakdown in communication and ultimately a departure, all involved can now put it behind them.

Tapine, still only 21 and regarded as a bright prospect, had his first day at Raiders headquarters today and is ready for the challenge ahead to force his way into the line-up.

“I’m really excited to be here. It’s a new chapter in my life and I’m just looking forward to getting out there with the boys,” Tapine said.

“I saw the team play last week and it’s a deadly team. I saw the skills and fitness and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

The move was made easier knowing that he would play under the guidance of coach Ricky Stuart and alongside two former team-mates in Adam Clydsdale and Joey Leilua.

“I’m definitely keen to work with Ricky. I’ve heard good things about him and I have a couple of mates who play here who have given him big raps,” he said.

“Adam Clydsdale is my former roommate and I’m good friends with Joey Leilua, so it will be great for me to have some players I know well here.”

He is also excited to be a part of the club and to be on the receiving end of good support by Raiders fans.

“I remember coming down to play in Canberra and it’s a hard game, the members and fans always come out in force even on a cold day. I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

With circumstances changing, Raiders CEO David Furner said the opportunity to get Tapine on board at the club one year earlier was too good to pass up.

“We’ve identified Joseph as a player we believe can be a really important part of our squad over the next few seasons and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue his development into a top class NRL Player,” he said.

“We had originally signed him on a deal commencing in 2017, but circumstances have given us the opportunity to secure him this season and he’ll boost what we believe is a very strong squad.”

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