Wakefield bring in NRL forward Kelepi Tanginoa

Wakefield have signed forward Kelepi Tanginoa on a deal until the end of 2021.

Tanginoa, 25, was previously with Manly Sea Eagles and has also played in the NRL for North Queensland and Parramatta.

He said: “I’m really excited to be joining Wakefield.

“There are a few boys that I know already such as Tinirau Arona, Jacob Miller and David Fifita. I met the rest of the boys this morning and they seem a really good bunch. I’m looking forward to us all working together.

“I’m just trying to stay ready (if called upon this weekend). Hopefully I get the opportunity to play alongside the boys and if I get the chance I won’t hold back. I’m feeling pretty keen.”

Wakefield confirmed the departure of Justin Horo on Monday to make way for Tanginoa, who could go straight in to the squad for the clash with Catalans at Magic Weekend on Saturday.

Coach Chris Chester said: “I’m over the moon we’ve got Kelepi tied down for the next two and a half years. He’s a player I’ve been trying to sign for the last few years, so to have him on board now is great for us.

“At this stage of the season, he will give the pack a big boost and help us go forward. He’s straight into training this morning and looking sharp, so I’m looking forward to seeing him out there on the field.”