Wakeham inks Tigers 1-year deal

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AFTER his reported move to Super League to Hull FC or Warrington Wolves, off-contract Canterbury Bulldogs half Brandon Wakeham has reportedly put pen to paper on a deal for 2023 with the Wests Tigers, News Corp reported.

Wakeham, who played for the Fiji Bati at the 2022 Rugby League World Cup, was left out for a spot at the Bulldogs.

If he was to stay at Canterbury, he could have played alongside fellow Fijian representative Viliame Kikau.

Wakeham can play at either halfback or five-eighth.

News Corp reported Wakeham was set to join the club which his fellow Bati teammate Api Koroisau, who recently joined.

The 24-year-old spent most of 2022 in the NSW Cup, but the reports said Wakeham’s “ability to slot in at dummy half could also see him play a utility role, although it’s tipped that with Koroisau and Jake Simpkin at the club, both of the dummy-halves will be in the best 17”.

“Wakeham’s performances in the NSW Cup last year were superb, leading Canterbury to the grand final, which they ultimately lost to the Penrith Panthers,” the report said. “It’s understood that form has seen Tigers’ boss Tim Sheens willing to sign Wakeham for 2023.” The halfback was a standout player for the Fiji Bati in the RLWC and one who was looking for a new club ahead of 2023.

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