Despite only recently moving to Halifax, Castleford Tigers have today signed Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e on a deal until the end of the season.
Having started the season with Toronto Wolfpack, he was one of the unfortunate ones who fell out of favour after the Canadians’ mid-season acquisitions as Gareth O’Brien usurped the Samoan as first choice full back. Initially signing for the Wolfpack ahead of their maiden 2017 campaign, he went on to make over thirty appearances for the team and scored for in excess of twenty tries.
Such was the regard he was held in by the Toronto club – and Sheffield Eagles before that – his departure was one which was hard for all involved at the club, head coach Paul Rowley expressing that “the bond I and the rest of the players have with him is hugely positive and respectful and he was one of the first players that bought into the idea of our Toronto Wolfpack touring party. He has been an outstanding leader for us both on and off the field and he was a really big part of helping us make the transition in Canada.”
He went onto make four appearances for the Halifax club during his brief time there before Daryl Powell and Castleford swooped for his signature, ending – for now – their hunt for a specialist full back. Laulu-Togaga’e admitted that the move happened quite quickly from his point of view. “I only found out about the move last night and my head is still spinning a little bit but I’ve been out there this morning for my first session with the boys and I’m really excited to be involved with such a great club,” he explained. The 33-year-old also shared that another top tier club was interested in signing him but he was drawn to Castleford.
His new head coach Powell is understandably delighted, professing that “I think in terms of a position that we have found really difficult to fill this season, it is a key signing for us. I’ve always really liked him as a player and I think he is a great fit for the way that we play.