NRL star explains why he snubbed Wakefield Trinity move & reveals there were multiple Super League “offers”

James Tamou has had an up and down time recently.

The NRL veteran was part of a struggling Wests Tigers side and had no club for the 2023 campaign so when he was sent off near the end of last season appeared to be forced into early retirement.

He managed to overturn the ban and play a final game for the Tigers.

He was then rumoured to be headed to Wakefield Trinity in a switch to Super League but pulled out of the move to Belle Vue when a move to former club North Queensland Cowboys came up.

Tamou has now explained why he didn’t make the move to Super League when speaking to the Daily Telegraph and it appears more clubs other than Wakefield were interested: “There was offers and interest over there but I’ve got four kids at home and it would have been tough to pack them up,” he said.

“It would have taken them a few months to get settled over there, get through the season and then possibly come back.

“It (playing footy) was just going to be something locally in the area I’m from down south then my manager called up and said the Cowboys were interested so I took it.

“It wasn’t even about the logistics and numbers, I just said yes straight away because I knew I wanted to enjoy it and not have the weight of the team on my shoulders.

“I’m going to have to try hard to get into this team.”

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