Trinity star wants to extend his stay

Kelepi Tanginoa admits he is already thinking about extending his stay with Wakefield: despite having two years remaining on his existing contract.

The 25-year-old joined Trinity midway through last season on a deal until the end of the 2021 season, but has made a good impression during his time with the club with some impressive displays.

And Tanginoa admits that he can see a long-term future for himself and his family in West Yorkshire.

He said: “I’ve adjusted really well, as have my family. Moving across the world isn’t easy but it’s been really good and we enjoy it. I can see myself staying here for a while, if I’m being honest.

“I’m still contracted for two year more years so there’s a fair bit of time but I would love to (stay). It’s a club where I feel really comfortable. I feel at home.”

Tanginoa also admits he feels more comfortable on the field having experienced his first pre-season – and the subsequent cold weather – in England.

“I think so,” he said.

“The weather at the moment, I’m just trying to adapt to that; playing wet weather footy plays a big part in how I play. I guess I’m just used to playing on dry land and I’m adjusting to the weather at the moment – but I’m getting there.”

Tanginoa also admitted that a major reason for seeing a long-term future at Trinity is due to the fact he feels he is part of a squad that can go on to achieve great things together in Super League under Chris Chester in the years ahead.

“We’ve definitely got the boys here, especially with the coaching staff. It didn’t go the way we wanted to last year but that was due to injuries and stuff like that.

“What we’re building here at the moment – especially with the boys coming back – I think we can give the competition quite a shake, Having new players and trying to adjust to new roles will take a fair bit of time, maybe a couple of rounds down the line, but then we’ll see probably in mid-season what we’re about.”