Tapine signs with the Raiders

Tapine signs with the Raiders Written by STAFF WRITERS, February 25, 2016

CANBERRA has finally confirmed the worst kept secret in rugby league, confirming the signing former Knight Joseph Tapine.

Newcastle released announced the release of the forward earlier in the week, despite having a year to run on his deal, which has allowed him to join the Raiders immediately.

The 21-year-old has signed a four-year deal locking him in at the nation’s capital until the end of 2019.

“I’m really excited to be here. It’s a new chapter in my life and I’m just looking forward to getting out there with the boys,” Tapine said.

“I saw the team play last week and it’s a deadly team. I saw the skills and fitness and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

“I’m definitely keen to work with Ricky. I’ve heard good things about him and I have a couple of mates who play here who have given him big raps,” he said.

“Adam Clydsdale is my former roommate and I’m good friends with Joey Leilua so it will be great for me to have some players I know well here.”

Tapine joins the likes of Jeff Lima, Englishman Elliott Whitehead, Aidan Sezer and fellow former Knight Adam Clydesdale as the new Raiders signings for 2016.

“We’ve identified Joseph as a player we believe can be a really important part of our squad over the next few seasons and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue his development into a top class NRL Player,” he said.

“We had originally signed him on a deal commencing in 2017, but circumstances have given us the opportunity to secure him this season and he’ll boost what we believe is a very strong squad.”

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