NEW-BOY Taulima Tautai checked in at Wigan – and spoke of his excitement at the prospect of playing in the Cherry and White.
The former Wakefield prop joined many of the Warriors players for an optional training week, ahead of the start of the pre-season programme.
He said: “I’m stoked to be here. It was good to meet some of the boys and good to finally be here.
“Everyone knows Wigan are one of the top, top teams and I want to win a trophy here.
“I’m going to work hard to get a good pre-season behind me and hopefully I can help the team.”
Because Wakefield failed to make the play-offs, Tuatai has had an extended break in which he took his young family back to Australia for a holiday.
The 26-year-old said: “We’ve got two kids, so mum and dad were pretty upset when they were leaving – I don’t think they were bothered that I was going!
“It was good to spend some time with my family.
“My brother is big into Crossfit, so I did that with him and now it’s back to work and I’m really excited about it.”
A former Parramatta and Cronulla forward in the NRL, Tautai has a reputation for making a big impact off the bench.
His recruitment – announced mid-season – will bolster an already-crowded front-row department in 2015.
Returning prop Lee Mossop and loan signing Larne Patrick were also at training yesterday.
Head of performance Mark Bitcon was overseeing affairs, despite being part of England’s camp in the Four Nations.
He said: “We’re not officially back until next week, this is still part of their holidays and so to get most of the lads here early is great.”
As in past year’s under Shaun Wane’s control, Wigan will have a pre-season training camp in Florida.