An early release by his current club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, will see forward Tim Grant join the Wests Tigers from the 2016 season.
Initially contracted to Souths for a further three years, they have opted to release him after just 21 games in their colours.
â€œWe all appreciate the job Tim did for the Club last year, he was part of the World Club Challenge touring squad, and played many games for us throughout 2015,â€ Coach Maguire said.
â€œTim has an opportunity at another Club which weâ€™re happy for him to pursue, and on behalf of everyone at the Club we wish him the best of luck with the rest of his career.â€
As for the Tigers, they believe that Grant’s experience is a key factor for the side moving forward.
â€œIâ€™d like to take this opportunity to welcome Tim to Wests Tigers,â€ said Pascoe.
â€œItâ€™s great to have a player of his experience join the Club and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s going to be an asset to us both on and off the field.
â€œI was fortunate enough to walk the Kokoda Track two years ago with Tim and see first-hand examples of what makes him such an outstanding young man.
The experience, coupled with his approach to the game, is something Pascoe believes can help them moving forward.
â€œTim brings a great attitude to this Club and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll fit in well and will quickly become a favourite amongst Members and fans,â€ Pascoe said.
â€œTim joins us on very favourable terms which is also beneficial for the Club.”
Joining a roster mixed with youth and experience is one that Grant welcomes and looks forward to, and he just wants to get stuck into things.
â€œThereâ€™s no gains in sitting around, I just want to get out there and get into training with the boys and get to know them,â€ said Grant.
â€œItâ€™s an exciting young roster, there are a lot of guys there who are ready to hit their straps and a new leadership group with Aaron Woods leading the way and I think we have a bright future ahead of us here.
â€œI looked at the roster here at Wests Tigers and I was excited to join the Club. Iâ€™m looking forward to getting to know the players and getting out onto the field,â€ he said.
Equally pleased is Tigers coach Jason Taylor, who cannot wait to have Grant in the team set-up and working hard.
â€œWith almost 150 NRL games under his belt Tim brings to Wests Tigers a degree of experience that will be a great benefit to our pack,â€ said Taylor.
â€œIâ€™ve been very impressed with him during our initial discussion and I look forward to seeing him get to work with his new team mates.