Misi Taulapapa happy to end his career with Featherstone Rovers

Featherstone Rovers captain Misi Taulapapa.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Featherstone Rovers captain Misi Taulapapa. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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SAMOAN INTERNATIONAL three-quarter Misi Taulapapa has given Featherstone Rovers a vote of confidence by signing a new one-year contract.

The deal will keep him at Featherstone until the end of next season and he says they are a club on the up.

Taulapapa, now in his second season at Rovers, has scored eight tries in 19 appearances this year.

“I am really pleased to have re-signed here,” he said. “These are exciting times for the club and I want to be a part of it.

“Under new management this year and now with a fresh coach in place, we are heading in the right direction.”

Rovers play host to Hull KR in the Qualifiers on Sunday, but Taulapapa is already looking ahead to 2018.

Featherstone Rovers' John Duffy. Picture: James Hardisty.

Featherstone Rovers' John Duffy. Picture: James Hardisty.

He dded: “It will be good to get a full pre-season under my belt and hit the ground running next term.

“I am coming towards the end of my career – and I would like to finish it here at Featherstone.

“My hunger is still well and truly alive and I will give everything for the team.

“We have witnessed a different style of coaching under (new boss) John Duffy and as a player I am excited when I turn up for training.

I am coming towards the end of my career – and I would like to finish it here at Featherstone. My hunger is still well and truly alive and I will give everything for the team.

Featherstone captain Misi Taulapapa

“We are learning a lot of new things and, in the long term, what we are doing will benefit us greatly. Sunday is going to be huge for us and it is a challenge we are very much looking forward to taking on.

“We know what we have to do to beat Hull KR. We drew with them last time out and came very close at their place earlier in the season.

“This weekend gives us a huge chance to bounce back and give the supporters a performance they deserve.”

Duffy, who arrived at the club in July, is delighted to have secured the centre’s services for a further 12 months.

He said: “Misi has been absolutely fantastic for me since I came here and he will be massive for us going forward. He is undoubtedly one of the best players in the division and making sure he remained here for 2018 was key.

“Misi is a natural leader, both on and off the field and he is great to have around the place. His efforts in the Qualifiers have been great.”

“He has not taken a backwards step and we are excited to see how he progresses going into next year.”

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