7th November 2020, 11:58 | Doncaster
Doncaster have announced the signing of the vastly experienced Samoan international Misi Taulapapa on a one-year deal.
Taulapapa has spent time in the NRL with both New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks befofe moving to the UK and enjoying successful spells in the Betfred Championship with Sheffield Eagles and Featherstone Rovers.
The 38-year-old was part of the Eagles side which won back-to-back Betfred Championship Grand Finals as well as representing Samoa at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Most recently, he spent the past two seasons with Betfred League 1 club Newcastle Thunder.
On the move, Taulapapa said: “The pandemic gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on how much I’ve missed playing so when the opportunity came to join the Dons, I jumped at it.
“I’ve got a young family so for me Doncaster is a great move for me in terms of location and the group we’ve got here.
“Carl has helped me to get a job off the field as well which means more security for my family and I’m truly grateful for that.
“I’m really looking forward to what I can bring to the dressing room, I like to be a big character around the place.”
Doncaster Chief Executive Carl Hall said: “Misi sets very high standards on and off the field, after speaking to several people about him and every one of them gave a glowing reference on what he brings to the team.
“His character in the dressing room will be a big asset to our club, with what he has done in the game.
“He was offered better Rugby League contracts elsewhere, but we’ve been fortunate enough to give Misi a deal which gives him a job with one of our main sponsors New Image Contracts – and that will allow him to support his family more than any one-year contracts going forward.
“He has plans to stay in the UK long-term, and by bringing him to our club at this stage of his career there is the option of him joining the backroom staff in the future.”