Tagataese to dig deep for Broncos

10 January 2018 22:19:05 GMTPlus11
Cooper Cronk

Experienced Sam Tagataese is confident he can produce the best form of his career after moving to the Broncos.

The 31-year-old's arrival helps offset the departures of Herman Ese'ese and Adam Blair from Wayne Bennett's side.

Samoan international Tagataese had been hoping to showcase his talents in the Rugby League World Cup, but the tournament didn't go too well for him.

Now I am looking forward to a fresh start up here and tapping into something I've never tapped into before.

Sam Tagataese

A premiership winner with Cronulla two years ago, he feels he's arrived at Red Hill at just the right time for him and the club.

He'd been off-contract ahead of the World Cup, and had aimed to attract attention to secure a deal elsewhere, only to miss the first two games due to a skin condition.

Tagataese's agent told him there was some interest from Gold Coast and the Warriors, then Brisbane made a move for him after a spot opened up in their squad.

"Now I am looking forward to a fresh start up here and tapping into something I've never tapped into before," he said. "I'm going to be digging deep within myself. I'm 31 but I feel as though I still have some better football in me and now it's time to produce for the new colours.

"The Broncos brand just speaks for itself. It is a first-class club and everyone here has been very welcoming."

Meanwhile, Sydney Roosters star recruit Cooper Cronk has slotted into training with his new team.

Working under the guidance of club halves coach Andrew Johns, the former Storm star took part in a series of drills with his new teammates on Tuesday, after first reporting for duty last Friday as the club eased back from the summer break.

Cronk's first hit-out for the Tricolours could take place in five weeks when the Roosters travel to Penrith for a trial match ahead.

Sydney Roosters are 3.10 to win the grand final.

The Roosters are 1.001 to finish in the top four.

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