Barrow Raiders target Leeds wing Semi Tadulala

Semi Tadulala
Fiji rugby league international Tadulala has top level experience in both codes

Barrow Raiders coach Nigel Wright has revealed he is looking into the possibility of signing Leeds rugby union wing Semi Tadulala.

The 33-year-old, who has a year on his contract at Headingley, played in the NRL and Super League prior to switching codes with Gloucester in 2009.

"We've definitely identified him," Wright told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"He would be a great asset, a renowned winger, who can play at centre, is a prolific try-scorer and he's a giant."

Wright added: "He's the kind of player we're looking to bring into the club, we're trying to bring in better than what we've got."

Tadulala is a former team-mate of current Raiders half-back Jamie Rooney from the duo's time at Wakefield Trinity, and would also be reunited with former Bradford conditioning coach Martin Clawson at Craven Park.

Wright, who enjoyed an impressive career as a player in Super League with Wigan and Huddersfield, said he hoped contacts he had built up during coaching spells with Wakefield and Warrington would enable new signings to be made.

"I've got friends in a lot of high places in the game and I do speak to them often about players who are becoming available in both codes and at all levels of the game," he continued.

"It's good to have those kind of contacts, and those [such as Tadulala] are the kind of players I want to bring to the club to make us better than what we are.

"That's going to put internal pressure on the players we've already got and they need to start rising to the challenge to regain their spot or keep it.

"I know the fans will be excited by the players, it's looking good, but it's not done yet."

Taduala has also been linked with a move back to his former club Wakefield following Leeds' relegation from the Premiership last season.

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