Tesi Niu has been granted an early release by the Broncos, with a move to the Dolphins now confirmed.
The 21-year-old will join the NRL’s 17th and newest club on a one-year deal.
He has featured on 32 occasions in the top grade for Brisbane since making his debut back in 2020, scoring 11 tries and covering multiple positions in the backline.
Niu is a skilful player with great footwork and has the ability to play both centre or fullback, making him an ideal signing for Wayne Bennett.
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Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader believes that Niu is a strong addition to the clubs’ outside backs ranks.
“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,” Reader said.
“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.
“We have always said that January would be a busy month for recruitment and bringing Tesi into our squad is a great acquisition.”
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The Tongan international had one year remaining on his deal with the Broncos, but the club opted to allow him to move on in order to play consistent first grade.
Brisbane coach Kevin Walters farewelled the young gun and thanked him for his time at Red Hill.
“Tesi has been in the Broncos system for a number of years and is highly regarded across the club,” he said.
“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.”
Niu will likely slot in at centre for the Dolphins, with former Cowboys flyer Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow expected to earn the first shot at the fullback role.