The Pirtek Parramatta Eels have announced the signing of Canberra Raiders player Josh Papalii on a three year deal from the start of next season.
A Queensland under 18’s representative in 2010, Papalii went on to make his NRL debut in 2011.
“The time I have spent with the Canberra Raiders have been the best of my life,” Papalii said.
“The club and the fans have been so good to me and my family and I will always be grateful.
“Heading to Parramatta next season is a new and exciting challenge, they are a club on the rise and I am looking forward to being a part of what Ricky Stuart and the team up there are doing.
“My first priority though is playing good footy for the Raiders this year and going out on a high.”
Pirtek Parramatta Eels Chief Executive Officer Ken Edwards said he believes securing the services of Papalii is a massive boost for the strategy the club has for the future.
“We have a plan at the Parramatta Eels to continue to restore pride in our jersey and once again be a dominant force in the NRL," Mr Edwards said.
“Josh Papalii’s signature puts us well on our way to doing that. He is a great fit for our brand and will be welcomed with open arms into the Blue and Gold Family.”
Head Coach Ricky Stuart excited by what his new charge can bring to his young forward pack.
“Josh is an outstanding young footballer and will bring with him all the attributes we are looking for in player at the Parramatta Eels," Mr Stuart said.
“We are a club building for the future and signing a young man of Josh’s ability represents that.”