Addin Fonua-Blake, a powerhouse prop, a Tongan international and a leading NRL forward has signed with the New Zealand Warriors.
Fonua-Blake’s deal will run until the end of the 2023 season, adding to an already solid pack.
The Warriors have re-signed Jack Murchie, signed Kane Evans and Ben Murdoch-Masila.
Adding Fonua-Blake gives the Warriors additional mongrel upfront and his combination with Murdoch-Masila should be electric.
“Addin’s signing could be one of the most important the club’s history,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.
“He is exactly what we have been looking for to bring into our squad.”
O’Sullivan described Fonua-Blake as the type of prop they need and believes he will fit in well with the club.
“Addin has a big motor, power, the skill set 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.”
Just as pleased to sign Fonua-Blake is Warriors CEO Cameron George.
“It’s a huge coup for us and we’re thrilled to welcome Addin and his family to our club,” George said.
“Having him on board is the missing part of the puzzle as we have worked to establish a squad to compete with the best clubs in the competition.”
The Manly Sea Eagles issued a brief statement on Fonua-Blake’s early release.
“Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have today formally released prop Addin Fonua-Blake from the remainder of his contract.
Fonua-Blake was signed to the Sea Eagles for 2021-22. He asked for a release on compassionate grounds.
The 24-year-old played 97 NRL games for Manly after making his club debut in 2016.”