After spending two years with Waitakere United and Birkenhead United, Bill Tuiloma left New Zealand in 2013, to explore more options in Europe.

Queens Park Rangers were willing to give the 23-year-old a chance six years ago and he underwent a week’s trial with the Championship side, but, non-sporting problems stopped him signing for the English outfit.

In the summer of 2012, QPR allowed Joey Barton go out on loan to Marseille.

The Hoops used their connection with the Ligue 1 side to help Tuiloma have a trial with the Stade Vélodrome outfit, after which it convinced the French club to sign the player in 2013.

“I had a trial at QPR in England, but an administrative problem blocked me from signing for them,” Tuiloma told So Foot.

“Since the [loan] transfer of Joey Barton to Marseille, a connection existed between the two clubs. So, I’m not sure how, but I’m sent to have a trial at Marseille and after a few weeks, I sign my first contract with them.”

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After spending two years with their academy, the New Zealand international was promoted to the first team in 2015, when the current Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was in charge at Stade Vélodrome.

In 2017, Tuiloma left Marseille and made a switch to MLS side Portland Timbers.