Eagles benefit as Misi’s Super hopes crumble

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MISI Taulapapa has rejoined Sheffield Eagles after his move to a top Super League club fell through.

Hull KR signed the Samoan international utility back in August but new coach Craig Sandercock decided Taulapapa didn’t fit into his plans and cancelled the deal.

Now Taulapapa has signed a new two-year contract at Sheffield Eagles where he has played for the last two seasons. Taulapapa, who played in Australia’s NRL for New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks, admits not being given a chance in the Super League is a blow but says it will motivate him next season.

“It is annoying but things happen,” he said. “You always have something to prove, I’ll be going out there to prove that I’m a quality player.

“I’ve put the Hull thing away but I’ll hold on to a little bit of it to give me that fire in me.”

Agreement on a compensation deal between Taulapapa and Rovers opened the way for the Eagles to re-sign the player. Coach Mark Aston said: “Misi’s a quality player, it’s been a very traumatic time for him but he wants to be here and be part of what we are building.

“Misi had an offer to go to Super League but that fell through, he’s back and the important thing is that he wants to play rugby.

“You want to keep your quality players and it’s great the options we will have in the back next season.”

Taulapapa took a break in New Zealand but was back in time for the start of pre-season training at the Eagles this week.

He added: “Going home was probably what I needed to get away from everything. I’m positive and happy to be where I am right now at Sheffield.”