Wakefield fend off interest in Kelepi Tanginoa to retain star forward

Wakefield say they have successfully fended off interest from home and abroad to retain forward Kelepi Tanginoa.

The 26-year-old Australian has played in all 36 matches since joining Trinity from Manly Sea Eagles in May 2019 and has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at Belle Vue until the end of 2024.

Wakefield chief executive Michael Carter said: “This is a massive signing for the club. I’m delighted that Kelepi has pledged his long-term future to us.

“As you can imagine, after the last 36 games in which he has been ever-present, he had many suitors both in England and back in the NRL.

“However, we want to keep our best players and build around them, with Kelepi certainly fitting in that category.”

Tanginoa said: “I’m really happy to be here for years to come.

“It is really exciting for me and my family and gives us some stability for the next couple of years as I look to build on my last 18 months here.”

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