Wests Tigers have added exciting youngster Daine Laurie to their roster a year early, for a Paul Momirovski swap.
Laurie had signed with Wests Tigers for 2022 and 2023 but will now be available for this season. He is headed straight to a Tamworth training camp.
Momirovski joined Penrith on a two-year deal to seal Laurie’s release. He spent last season on loan at Melbourne and previously played for the Roosters.
“We were extremely pleased to secure Daine from the start of the 2022 season and to have him join us earlier than expected is a great boost,” Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe said in a statement.
“Daine is clearly an exceptional talent and we’re very excited to see him take the next steps in his rugby league career in a Wests Tigers jersey.”
Laurie, 21, has played just three NRL games but is a highly-rated fullback/five-eighth prospect.
Momirovski, 24, is a solid outside back with 19 NRL appearances, who offers Penrith depth at centre/wing. He too was released from his contract a year early and joins a team trying to go on step better than last year’s grand final appearance.
“It’s always sad to see a player we’ve developed leave the club, however Paul is a talented young footballer and we’re thrilled this arrangement has allowed us to secure his services for the next two seasons,” Panthers general manager of rugby league Matt Cameron said in a statement.
“Our club has been very strong regarding the circumstances under which we would entertain releasing a player ahead of time. This is clearly one such instance.”
Momirovski said: “I’m excited to be joining Panthers and can’t wait to start training with the guys.
“What the team achieved last season shows how much talent there is at the club. It’s great to know I’ll be part of it for the next two years.
“For now I’m focused on working hard at training to continually improve and set myself up to play some consistent footy for the club.”
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