Somewhat cast aside at the New Zealand Warriors in 2022, the Melbourne Storm have pounced and signed Eliesa Katoa for the 2023 season.
A hard-runner and a standout rookie in 2020, Katoa’s form has waned slightly but under a Storm side known their work ethic, he could be set to thrive.
With 42 NRL games to his name since his debut, Katoa will join the Storm at the start of their 2022 pre-season.
Tui Kamikamica and Tepai Moeroa have also both been retained by the Storm for the 2023 season.
Kamikamica, who has become a mainstay of the Storm pack in recent seasons, has a total tally of 65 NRL games.
The Fijian international is likely to take on a bigger role in the forwards with the departure of Jesse Bromwich.
For Moeroa, his season has been mired with injury, most recently a fractured scapula which has seen him miss plenty of game time.
Moeroa has played 12 games for the Storm and a total of 124 games with the Storm hopeful of a return for him later this month.