MELBOURNE Storm has bolstered its playing list for 2009 with the signing of former New Zealand international Wairangi Koopu.
Koopu, still only 28, will add further muscle to the Stormâ€™s forward pack next season after signing a one-year-deal with the club.
The former Warrior commencedÂ pre-season training with the Storm squad today.
The move marks a new chapter in Koopuâ€™s NRL career after a successful 164-game stint with the New Zealand Warriors.
Koopu, who made his first-grade debut against Melbourne in 1999, also played three Tests for the Kiwis in 2004-05.
Storm assistant coach Michael Maguire said: `Heâ€™s got a good frame, looks athletic and heâ€™s had a lot of first grade experience which will significantly help out the young squad weâ€™ve got for next season.
`He looked pretty sharp at training this morning. I think heâ€™s still got plenty to offer at this level.â€™â€™