The Melbourne Storm have moved swiftly to sign their full quota of 30 players by adding Tepai Moeroa for the rest of the 2020 season.
Moeroa, who has most recently been playing with the NSW Waratahs, has previously played for the Parramatta Eels.
Set to join the Storm at their Twin Waters camp in the coming days, Moeroa played in 112 NRL games for the Eels since debuting in 2014.
Rugby union was not foreign to Moeroa, having played at the Australian Schoolboys level.
As the Storm sought further forward depth, General Manager of Football Frank Ponissi believes he will add some starch to their pack.
“Tepai proved to be a very dependable player when he was with the Eels and we think he will be a good addition to our squad for the rest of this year,” Ponissi said.
“He’s still in his mid-20s so he’s in the prime of his football career.”
Although returning mid-season to the NRL is never easy, Ponissi backs Moeroa to make a smooth transition to the game once more.
“Coming in midway through the season and changing codes will have its challenges, but we expect Tepai will adapt quickly to being back in the NRL,” Ponissi continued.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to the Australian Rugby Union and NSW Waratahs for their co-operation with Tepai’s release from his current contract.”