The Dolphins continue to build forward power for their 2023 NRL entry with the signing of Dragons’ prop Poasa Faamausili.
The 26-year-old has 39 matches of NRL experience under his belt for the Roosters, Warriors and Dragons since making his top-grade debut in 2018.
He will add further depth to an impressive middle forward roster for the Dolphins that already includes Jesse Bromwich, Mark Nicholls, Tom Gilbert, Ray Stone and Jarrod Wallace.
When you add internationals of the calibre of Felise Kaufusi and Kenny Bromwich at second row, the Dolphins will be taking a physical presence into their tilt at the NRL competition.
Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said Faamausili would add another strong option to the club’s forwards rotation.
“One thing we have tried to do is make certain the Dolphins will have a forward pack that will compete with any other in the NRL,” said Reader.
“Our coach Wayne Bennett is a big believer in that and it has been part of our long-term strategy from the very first moment we started building our roster.
“Poasa will add more depth to that positional group on our list and we congratulate him on being part of the first ever Dolphins’ squad that will begin pre-season training in just a few weeks’ time.”
Identified by the Roosters as a teenager, Faamausili played three years of the NYC under-20s competition for the club, including being part of the 2016 premiership-winning team.
Faamausili started the grand final in the front row in a team that included current NRL players Joseph Manu, Victor Radley and Nat Butcher.
He made his NRL debut two years later for the Roosters and played 24 NRL matches for them before being loaned to the COVID-impacted Warriors team for four games in 2020.
He has played 11 matches for the Dragons since signing there at the start of the 2021 season.
Born: 14 February, 1996 (Auckland, NZ)
NRL matches: 39
Previous clubs: Roosters, Warriors, Dragons