Another Brisbane Broncos player will head to the NRL’s 17th NRL side, the Dolphins, with Tesi Niu securing an early release to join.
Niu, who came through the Broncos system, is not necessarily a player that the Broncos wanted to let go but they were not about to stand in the way of other opportunities.
“Tesi has been in the Broncos system for a number of years and is highly regarded across the club,” said Broncos coach Kevin Walters.
“But we believe he will receive more opportunities elsewhere and it’s an indication of our respect for Tesi that we have allowed him to depart.
“We wish Tesi all the best in the next part of his journey.”
Still only 21, Niu has played in 32 NRL games and recently played for the Tongan side at the Rugby League World Cup.
With several outside backs at their disposal, Niu will join many players chomping at the bit to play regular first-grade.
“We obviously know Tesi very well as he is a Brisbane-born player we have watched come through the grades and become an NRL regular and an international,” said said Dolphins CEO Terry Reader.
“We now have a strong list of outside backs with players such as Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Euan Aitken, Brenko Lee, Edrick Lee, Jamayne Isaako, Oliver Gildart and Robert Jennings all part of the Dolphins’ foundation squad.
“This group will compete for spots in that first Dolphins’ team to play the Roosters – and with the trials only four weeks away, that competition will start very soon.