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Son of rugby league legend joins Wakefield Trinity on two-year deal

Wakefield Trinity have continued their recruitment drive as they aim to return to Super League, the Championship side having signed Isaiah Vagana, son of ex-Bradford Bulls legend Joe Vagana.

It’s yet another overseas signing for Trinity following in the footsteps of Caleb Uele, Toby Boothroyd and Luke Bain, all of who will add to the club’s size this coming season.

New signing Vagana is another that will add to the club’s forward pack with the 23-year-old weighing in at over 16 stone with an imposing 6’3″ tall frame.

The Kiwi prop forward has joined following the new rules that have allowed UK sides to more easily acquire visas for overseas talent from both the New South Wales and Queensland Cup.

That is something that head coach Daryl Powell had alluded to when speaking to the club’s Youtube channel earlier on, Powell stating: “I suppose the one thing that has changed has been the change of rules with the Queensland Cup, the New South Wales Cup. There is potentially an ability to bring some players in that you couldn’t get qualified before, so those rules have changed.

“For us we’ve had another look at the market and we want to get it right. If we bring anybody else in, I think we’ve got to be certain that they’ll take us into Super League as well.”

It would now appear that that recruitment is done with Vagana announced as having signed a two-year-deal, the club confirming his signing via an announcement on their website.

It read: “Wakefield Trinity is thrilled to announce the signing of New Zealand forward Isaiah Vagana on a 2-year deal.

“The club have moved swiftly to capitalise on amendments to visa requirements to allow UK clubs to acquire outstanding young overseas talent.

“Isaiah, 23 certainly has the correct pedigree being the son of the legendary Joe Vagana the Bradford Bulls and New Zealand International prop forward. He stands at 6’3” tall and tips the scales at over 16 stones.

“He has progressed through the New Zealand Warriors squad since 2020 and has recently been on the fringes of his NRL debut.

“His career started at the Mount Albert Lions junior club in NZ and he represented the Junior Kiwis International team in 2019. Last season he played 24 games for the Warriors in their NSW cup side at both prop and back row.

“Vagana will take the squad number 19 shirt for Trinity in 2024 in an increasingly powerful forward pack in what is sure to be an exciting and successful season as Wakefield Trinity strives to take the Championship by storm and return to the Super League at the first attempt.”

His father, Joe, had formerly played in England for Bradford Bulls whom he played for from 2001 to 2008, racking up over 200 appearances and winning three Super League Grand Finals.

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