Featherstone sign Taulapapa

Featherstone Rovers have confirmed that Misi Taulapapa has signed for them for the 2016 season, subject to visa approval.

The 33-year-old has inked a one-year contract, after joining from Sheffield Eagles, for whom he made 168 appearances after joining them in 2010.

A Samoan international, the versatile player, who has operated at winger, centre and in the back row, is delighted to be joining an ambitious club like Rovers.

“I’m joining a really ambitious club and I can’t wait for the season to start,” he said.

“I was amazed when I first visited the club to meet Jon and saw the facilities at our disposal.

“To be honest, I was blown away that everything is in one place and we have a base that we can call home. It is definitely the best I’ve seen in rugby league and this will stand us in good stead as we prepare for 2016.

“It’s a big advantage for us and I think we will be a force to be reckoned with next year in the Championship.

“Jon is a building a good squad and the boys seem enthusiastic and willing to listen and learn which is very important.

“First of all my ambitions are to train as hard as I can and get to know my new teammates.

“I’ve set some personal goals too and as long as we all work hard and have the right ethos than we can have a successful 2016.”

Fev head coach Jon Sharp believes that Taulapapa adds resilience and experience to his squad.

“Misi is a really important signing for us and I’m delighted that he has opted to join Featherstone,” he said.

“He has explosive power and a very tough player. He’s vastly experienced in the Kingstone Press Championship and has considerable leadership qualities.

“He is a very fit bloke and I know he is really impressed with the facilities that we have at the Big Fella’s Stadium. He is a durable player and will bring a lot of quality to our side.

“Like all our signings in the close season, he has great enthusiasm and works very hard for himself and his team. I’m sure he will become a fans favourite once he pulls on a Rovers shirt.”

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