The Dolphins have snagged another injection of speed for their roster with the signing of Bulldogs’ flyer Jake Averillo.
Averillo will join the Dolphins at the end of this season on a three-year deal that will take him through until at least the end of the 2026 season.
An outside back with plenty of pace, Averillo will join Broncos’ English international Herbie Farnworth in strengthening the Dolphins in 2024.
At just 22 years of age, Averillo already has an impressive 69 matches of NRL experience behind him after making his debut in 2020.
Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said Averillo’s signing was another example of the Dolphins building their roster for the immediate future.
“Jake is a really good acquisition for the Dolphins,” said Reader.
He will add speed and class to our backline stocks and at the age of 22 the best years of his career are right in front of him.
“The Dolphins always said we would steadily strengthen our list in the coming years and I believe we have achieved that for season 2024.
“We already have a very competitive team and have exceeded many people's expectations with our team still in the hunt for a top eight position with 10 rounds to go, and we are going to be adding Jake, Herbie Farnworth and Tom Flegler next season.
“The Dolphins will only be stronger next year and that is something for our members and supporters to be excited about.”
Averillo has scored seven tries in 14 appearances for the Bulldogs in 2023, including two-try efforts against both the Dragons and Raiders, and averages over 100 running metres a match.
The Bulldogs’ Rookie of the Year in 2020, Averillo gained his first representative jersey in September last year when he represented the Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea in Brisbane.
He will join the Dolphins when pre-season training begins in November.