Tupou and Smith join Wakefield, but Locke’s season could be over

Wakefield Wildcats have signed Bill Tupou from Canberra Raiders until the end of the season.

Utility back Lee Smith has also returned to the club following a spell playing rugby union for Newcastle Falcons.

The 25 year-old New Zealand and Tonga international Tupou can play as either or a winger or in the centres.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity,” Tupou told BBC Sport.

“I want to help the club remain in Super League and will give my everything to try to make that happen.”

28 year-old Lee Smith made 24 Super League appearances and scored nine tries in 2013 for the Wildcats before switching codes.

Tupou and Smith become the sixth and seventh additions made by coach Brian Smith since taking charge, following the arrivals of Jordan Tansey, Michael Sio, Anthony Walker, Anthony Mullally and Kevin Locke to Belle Vue.

However, coach Smith has confirmed that recent signing Locke’s season could be over after suffering a serious injury in Sunday’s derby defeat to Castleford:

“It’s a serious arm and chest injury, and is a season-ending injury at least,” said Smith

“We were counting on Kevin being an important part as we developed. but it was a horrendous injury, he was in a fair bit of pain.”

The Wildcats face Huddersfield Giants in the last round of matches before they enter the Middle 8’s phase, where they will fight to retain their Super League place.

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