SHEFFIELD Eagles’ long wait for Samoan international Quentin Togagae will end this week when he arrives in the UK.
The utility back was signed from Australian club South Logan Magpies in November but has been delayed by entry visa hold-ups.
If all goes well Togagae could make his debut against Widnes Vikings in the opening game of the Championship on Sunday.
Togagae’s arrival will be a major boost for coach Mark Aston who has been struggling for cover in the backs this season.
Aston said: “Quentin will be here at some stage this week – I’m delighted by that because he will add some fire power to us out in the back lines.”
“Quentin’s visa has been sanctioned and he is just waiting for it to arrive in the post then he will be on the next flight and hopefully that will be this week.”
An exciting explosive runner Tagagae – who likes to be known by the nickname ‘Q’ – has played most of his rugby at fullback.
Aston has given him the stand-off’s number six squad number but he could play his first Eagles game at centre.
The Eagles may be without Menzie Yere for the Widnes game.
The Papaua New Guinea centre is facing a disciplinary hearing this week after being put on report for a high tackle during the defeat by Hunslet Hawks last month.
The Eagles are still waiting for their other Samoan international Misi Taulapapa to get clearance to return to the UK from New Zealand.
Talualapapa is in rehab after breaking an ankle at Leigh in the opening round of last season’s play-offs and Aston is anxious to check out the fullback or winger’s fitness.
Aston is trying to bring in new players to provide cover in the backs. He said: “A few others will be added to the squad soon as well. There are people around, it’s about finding them. We expected Quentin and Misi to be here before now but they haven’t and we’ve had to get on with the job in hand.”