Wakefield Trinity boss reveals they had been chasing “great coup” for some time prior to completion of move

As the 2021 season drew to a close it was revealed that Catalans Dragons centre Samisoni Langi had backflipped out of a deal with Wakefield Trinity to stay with the Dragons on a one-year extension.

Perhaps this came because the Dragons were at the peak of their powers as they finished top winning the League Leaders’ Shield and playing in an inaugural Grand Final.

However, when his deal at the Dragons expired as it became clear they needed a rebuild, he was let go and Trinity pounced with new boss Mark Applegarth revealing that they went for him as soon as it became clear he was available.

He also described him as “a great coup.”

“I’m really pleased to have Samisoni at the club,” said Applegarth.

“He is a player that I have admired for a number of years and I’m sure he will have a massive impact on our squad.

“He’s a proven player at this level and when we realised he was available, we made a move straight away.

“He will offer some good competition for centre spots but he also provides plenty of versatility by being comfortable playing in other areas.

“Samisoni is a great coup for us and we can’t wait to work with him.”

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