Misi Taulapapa has admitted that his decision to leave Sheffield Eagles was based on his long-term security.
Director of rugby Mark Aston broke the shock news after the defeat of Wakefield on Sunday, confirming the 33-year-old would end his six-year stint with the club.
Taulapapa revealed he didn’t want to leave South Yorkshire, but cited his advancing years and financial reasons for his decision to leave the club.
“I am not getting any younger so I needed some stability,” he told The Star.
“The offer wasn’t as good as I needed so it was a business thing.
“They are working off a budget, which I understand.
“It isn’t what I wanted to do but I have to look after myself. I have been offered a good deal elsewhere in the past but I stayed because I love the club.
“Now I am getting older and I need to look out for myself, so that’s the reason behind the decision to leave.”
The Samoan international stated that the parting was on ‘good terms’ as he now begins the search for a new club after also confirming he has nothing signed elsewhere for next season.
“I knew that I was leaving on good terms and the team look good for next year, so I am happy for them and I wish them all the best too,” he added.
“Sheffield has been home for the last six years and I would have liked to have stayed. But I am going on good terms with many happy memories.”