WARRINGTON Wolves have signed prop Sitaleki Akauola from NRL club Penrith Panthers on a two-year deal.
Akauola, 25, will hook up with the Wolves ahead of the 2018 season, subject to visa approval.
A Tonga international, he has played with current Wolves centre Peta Hiku and has made 21 NRL appearances for the Panthers.
He said: “For me personally it’s a really good opportunity to give me that extra drive. I’ve heard a lot about the Super League so I am excited and looking forward to the new challenges.
“I know there’s a lot of quality players at the Warrington club so hopefully I can add something to that. I like the crash and bash in the middle.
“I’ve spoken to Peta (Hiku) about the move, he’s said nothing but good things.
“He loves it over there and since he moved the players have all made him feel very welcome which is good to hear. I’m looking forward to being part of Warrington Wolves.”
Head Coach Tony Smith added: “We are looking forward to Sitaleki joining us. He’s certainly got impact. He’s a big man who will bring plenty of attributes to us and into our forward pack.
“It’s a very good signing. He’s keen to play in Super League and I think he’s just the right player at this time when we need to strengthen in that area. He’ll bring us exactly what we need.”