A part of the recent back-line merry-go-round across the NRL, Tim Lafai was given an early release by the Canterbury Bulldogs and took up a two-year deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
The deal will see Lafai join the Dragons until the end of 2017 and has so far played 72 NRL games to date, as well as representing Samoa.
With Lafai suddenly becoming available after the signing of Will Hopoate at the Bulldogs, the Dragons pounced and the opportunity was too good to pass up by the club.
â€œTim is an exciting player whose services became unexpectedly available in recent days and we are delighted that he has chosen to join the Dragons,â€ said Dragons Executive Manager Football Ben Haran.
â€œHe brings experience and strike to our backline and will fit well into our structures and Clubâ€.
For Lafai himself, he is pleased to have his future settled and looks forward to getting started with the Dragons club.
â€œI look forward to joining the St George Illawarra Dragons for the next two seasons and am excited by the opportunity to continue my career under Paul McGregor and the other coaching staff,â€ said Lafai.
â€œThe Club has a strong culture and are building strongly to compete for the Premiership and I feel that I can positively contribute towards this.
“I am excited to meet my new team mates and get stuck into pre-season training.”
With the early release from the Bulldogs, the club released the following statement on Lafai:
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs can confirm that Tim Lafai has been released from the remainder of his contract and has today signed a two-year deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Lafai requested a release last week after the club had signed representative player Will Hopoate. The club granted Lafai permission to explore other options, with the 24-year-old today deciding to join the joint venture club.
Everyone at the Bulldogs wishes Tim and his family all the best for the future and we thank him for the time he spent representing the club.