NRL star turns down Wakefield Trinity interest in favour of another club

There’s been lots of talk recently about NRL clubs coming over to Super League.

Whether these are players catching the eye in the World Cup and stirring up interest, or players without deals at the end of the NRL season, the talk is persistent.

However, one man who has been linked with a move to Super League reportedly won’t be making the switch over to this hemisphere.

The player in question is veteran James Tamou. The prop started his career at North Queensland where he played 170 games for the club including the 2015 Grand Final win over Brisbane and the subsequent World Club Challenge against Leeds where he was involved in a bust up with Rhinos’ Mitch Garbutt.

So, he had a taste of West Yorkshire before and he was nearly tempted back there for 2023. After spells with Penrith and Wests, the prop was subject to Super League interest and according to Fox League interest from Wakefield Trinity who still have four overseas quota spots available for 2023.

The offer came after Tamou has been involved in controversy when he was sent off for decent in a move that threatened to end his NRL career early with a ban but an early guilty plea saw him avoid such a fate and play for Wests Tigers one last time.

However, his NRL career is not over with Tamou turning down the interest from Wakefield in order to take up a deal with another club in the NRL.

In fact it should be something of a homecoming with Fox League reporting that he is set to return to North Queensland in 2023 for one last year in the NRL at 33 after a significant paycut.

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