Tonga and Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake will join New Zealand Warriors on a three-year contract from 2021.
The 24-year-old’s acquisition follows the signing of Warrington’s Ben Murodch-Masila, Parramatta’s Kane Evans, St George Illawarra centre Euan Aitken and ex-Canberra forward Jack Murchie.
Fonua-Blake, who has made 97 appearances for the Sea Eagles, earned one cap for New Zealand in 2017 and has earned six caps for Tonga.
Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan said: “Addin’s signing could be one of the most important the club’s history.
“He is exactly what we have been looking for to bring into our squad.
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“The transformation of our pack is almost complete having Addin along with Kane Evans and Ben Murdoch-Masila plus the rise of young players like Eliesa (Katoa), Jamayne (Taunoa-Brown) and Jack (Murchie) and injured players returning to complement the skill and work rate of Tohu (Harris) and Jazz (Tevaga).
“Addin has a big motor, power, the skillset and the body shape we were looking for to take our pack to a new level.
“He’s very close to a lot of players in our squad having cemented relationships with them over a number of years at test level and with the Junior Kiwis. At 24 years of age, he has the best years in front of him as a premier front-rower in the NRL.”
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