SHEFFIELD Eagles full back Misi Taulapapa is poised to join a Super League club next season with Hull KR his likely destination.
It’s a major loss for the Eagles with the Samoan international winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 2010.
Taulapapa revealed the move on his Twitter feed saying that he had agreed a two-year deal with “a Super League club”. Soon after the message was taken down.
He seems set to move to Hull KR whose full back Shaun Briscoe is joining Super League newcomers Widnes Vikings next season.
The Humberside club is expected to officially announce the signing next week with sources close to the club saying that Taulapapa’s ability to play across the back line was a major attraction.
Eagles coach Mark Aston confirmed that Taulapapa was out of contract at the Eagles at the end of the Championship season.
He said: “I’ve heard of this on Twitter. I’ll be talking to Misi and it could be that he won’t be here next season. I can’t say that he’s signed for a Super League club but I can’t say he hasn’t.”
Taulapapa, 29, joined the Eagles from top Australian club Cronulla Sharks at the start of the 2010 season. He had played around 30 games in the NRL – the Australian Super League.
He broke his left ankle in the first round of the play-offs last season and returned to New Zealand before rejoining the Eagles in May. In 38 games for the Eagles he has scored 15 tries.
The likely move to Hull KR may explain his poor form at the start of the game with Batley last weekend when he was substituted after 23 minutes.