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Wildcats sign Tongan international Tupou

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have continued their late-season signing spree with the recruitment of Tongan international threequarter Bill Tupou.

The 25-year-old former Canberra centre or winger, who began his career at New Zealand Warriors, joins the Wildcats until the end of the season and could make his debut in Sunday's final match of the First Utility Super League regular campaign at Huddersfield Giants.

Tupou, who was in the New Zealand squad for the 2011 Four Nations Series before switching his allegiance to Tonga, is Wakefield's seventh signing in as many weeks following the arrival of Michael Sio, Kevin Locke, Jordan Tansey, Anthony Walker, Anthony Mullally and Lee Smith as they seek to retain their top-flight status in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

Wildcats chairman Michael Carter said: "I am delighted to welcome Bill to the club. He will provide much-needed competition in the centre position. I am looking forward to seeing him in red, white and blue."

Tupou said: "I am extremely excited about the opportunity I have here at Wakefield Trinity. I want help the club remain in Super League and will give my everything to try and make that happen."

Meanwhile, Wakefield have announced that Australian back-rower Matt Ryan has left the club with immediate effect.

Ryan, 27, made 42 appearances for the Wildcats after joining them from Parramatta two years ago and was out of contract at the end of the season.

Carter said: "I'd like to thank Matt for all his efforts at Wakefield Trinity and I wish him all the very best for the future."