Warrington Wolves have been boosted by the news that one of their new signings has arrived in the country ready to play.
Former Wests Tigers forward Thomas Mikaele – who agreed a release from his contract with the club – signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The 24-year-old New Zealand born prop will add size to the notoriously lightweight Warrington pack at 6ft 4in and 17st 2lbs and has 66 NRL appearances under his belt.
Upon signing, Mikaele said: “I haven’t been excited like this in a long time. It’s pretty surreal and has happened so quickly over the past couple of days.
“To get the opportunity to come over to the Wire is exciting for me and my family. I can’t wait to get over there.
“It’s a fresh start for me and an opportunity to showcase what I can do.
“Being so young still I’ve still got plenty of time and a lot of growth in the game. My best footy is still ahead of me and I’m keen to start showcasing that. Hopefully I can improve a lot as a player at Warrington.
“I’ve been at Wests for six years and that’s pretty much all I’ve known. I’ve grown a lot since playing my first year up to now and I’ll always be grateful I got to play in the NRL and represent the Wests Tigers. I’m keen for my next chapter now which is in Super League.”
And, look out Super League because he has now arrived in the country from Brisbane airport!
Posting on Instagram, the hulking forward put his location at Thelwall, a village in Warrington, with an eye to be potentially playing at the weekend against Wakefield Trinity on Sunday.