Canterbury Bulldogs have announced the signing of Tevita Pangai Junior on a three-year deal from 2022.
Pangai Jr, 25, will make the switch from Brisbane Broncos, where he made his NRL debut in 2016, and has gone on to make 96 first-grade appearances, scoring 14 tries.
He has also represented Tonga, and scored a try against Australia in the first-ever test match between the two countries in 2018.
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Bulldogs chair, John Khoury, said: “When someone like Tevita comes on to the market it automatically creates enormous interest amongst a number of clubs.
“We have been able to sit down with Tevita and outline our vision here at the club going forward and we were delighted when he said that he wanted to be part of what we are trying to build here.
“When you have a player of his size and power it adds so much of an attacking threat to your pack and we believe that Tevita can really continue to grow under the guidance of Trent Barrett and the coaching staff here.
“We are delighted that our fans are going to get to see him run out in the blue and white next season and we feel that we are putting together a squad that can play the type of football that will take us to the next level moving forward.”
Bulldogs head coach Trent Barrett added: “Being able to bring a forward of Tevita’s quality to the club is a massive boost for our playing group for next season and beyond.”
Pangai Jr has been linked to a mid-season switch to Penrith Panthers from the Broncos.