Sheffield Eagles: New signing Tagaloa forced to make 4390-mile visa trip

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has been frustrated in his attempts to being in Lelauloto Tagaloa before the start of the new season
Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has been frustrated in his attempts to being in Lelauloto Tagaloa before the start of the new season
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Lelauloto Tagaloa must travel across the Pacific to complete the paperwork needed for his move to Sheffield Eagles.

The Hawaii-based USA international centre – nicknamed Loto – is heading for New Zealand as he seeks a UK entry visa.

The 4390-mile trek hits hopes that Tagaloa will join up in time for the start of the new season against Rochdale at Owlerton Stadium on Sunday February 16.

“Loto is waiting to do an English test which he will probably have to do in New Zealand,” said coach Mark Aston. “We’re looking into booking the test and getting it done in the next couple of weeks. We’re trying to get things done and when he gets the visa we’ll have him on his way.”

Winger Misi Taulapapa, meanwhile, could play in the friendly at York City Knights next Sunday – a testimonial for hooker Andrew Henderson.

“Misi has got his visa and we’re just waiting for a flight from New Zealand. Knowing Misi he’ll be fit and ready,” said Aston.

Duane Straugheir could be given a run out against York after recovering well from a groin operation.