The NSW Waratahs have signed former Sea Eagles outside back Tevita Funa on a one-year deal.
Funa played 16 NRL games for the club, winning Sea Eagles Rookie of the Year in 2020.
The 23-year-old is excited about making the switch as he looks to make the fullback jersey his own.
“I’m really excited about the challenge of changing codes and the chance for a fresh start. I played rugby when I was younger so am hoping that will help me with the adjustment,” Funa said in a statement.
“The Waratahs are one of the most iconic teams in rugby and I’m thankful for the opportunity they have given me.
“I’d love to chance my arm at fullback, but equally am happy to play on the wing or in the centres, I just love to get the ball in hand.”
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The signing pleased new coach Darren Coleman, who believes he can make an instant impact at a number of positions.
“First and foremost, he ticked all the boxes from the character checks that we did on him. Tevita’s a very dedicated and focused player which is really important,” Coleman added.
“As a player he’s a good all-round package, he’s a big body, tall and good in the air, good speed and great footwork.
“He’s got a rugby background which should take him less time to adapt and coming out of a good program at Manly we know he’ll fit in as a professional.”