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The off-site residency program has seen some transition, as Tai Enosa, Perry Baker and Pila Taufa have accepted contracts to train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Maka Unufe has also rejoined the setup. He was brought back in June by Matt Hawkins, and that transaction flew under the radar.
Pono Haitsuka, Pat Blair and Ryan Matyas were not re-signed, clearing the way for Enosa, Baker and Taufa to become residents. Taufa and Enosa have been there before, while this is Baker's first go-round at the OTC. Stephen Tomasin and Chris Turori remain in the setup as locals, and Andy Locke, Nu'u Punimata, Ben Leatigaga, Cameron Freeman, Eric Duechle and Will Holder as members of the military's World Class Athlete Program. Marcus Satavu is no longer active in the Air Force, and therefore no longer in the WCAP.
There is room for 15 players in the off-site residency program (called that because players don't live in the dorms on the OTC campus, but train there daily), but currently only 13 are contracted: Garrett Bender, Danny Barrett, Mike Ziegler, Nick Edwards, Andrew Durutalo, Nese Malifa, Tai Enosa, Mike Te'o, Zack Test, Maka Unufe, Pila Taufa, Carlin Isles and Perry Baker. Those players are contracted through the year.
Conceivably two more players could be inked to residency contracts. Folau Niua, who is currently playing in Sri Lanka, could garner one upon his return. John Cullen, who excited the coaching staff at the most recent high performance camp in Chula Vista, could be in line for one after he finishes playing in World Club 7s and Club 7s Nationals with Seattle. Perhaps Colin Hawley might be in the mix, too.
Altogether, with the WCAP and local players, there are 21 training at the OTC in one capacity or another:
|Garrett Bender||Forward||Off-site residency|
|Danny Barrett||Forward||Off-site residency|
|Mike Ziegler||Forward||Off-site residency|
|Nick Edwards||Forward||Off-site residency|
|Andrew Durutalo||Forward||Off-site residency|
|Nese Malifa||Halfback||Off-site residency|
|Tai Enosa||Halfback||Off-site residency|
|Mike Te'o||Halfback||Off-site residency|
|Zack Test||Center||Off-site residency|
|Maka Unufe||Center||Off-site residency|
|Pila Taufa||Center||Off-site residency|
|Carlin Isles||Wing||Off-site residency|
|Perry Baker||Wing||Off-site residency|