Wildcats sign Sharks forward

Wakefield Wildcats have signed forward Anthony Tupou on a two-year deal.

The 31 year-old moves to Belle Vue from Cronulla Sharks, for whom he has played in the NRL for the past six years.

Tupou, who has also represented New South Wales and Australia, made 14 appearances for the Sharks in 2015, racking up just under 350 tackles.

Wildcats coach Brian Smith hailed the capture of Tupou as one of the biggest overseas arrivals in the club’s history, saying: “Anthony Tupou has chosen to join the Wildcats in what must be one of the club’s biggest moments for foreign imports.”

“His leadership and great attacking talents are sure to light up the 2016 Super League and Wakefield.”

Tupou said: “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.

“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.”

Tupou joins non-relation Bill Tupou, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Ben Shulver, Sean Morris and Anthony Walker as offseason recruits by the Wildcats ahead of the 2016 campaign.

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