The Sea Eagles have signed Curtis Sironen on a two-year deal from next season.
The 65-game Tiger, who has also represented NSW City on three occasions, will be a much needed addition to Manly-Warringah’s pack.
Back in May, The Mole reported Sironen was unhappy at the Wests Tigers, and after playing just eight first-grade games in 2016, a move to the northern beaches is just the ticket to revamp his promising career.
Sironen expects to be a regular in the top grade under Trent Barrett.
“I want to be playing first grade. When I spoke to Trent for the first time, he won me over straight away with his enthusiasm,” Sironen said.
“This is a good fresh start for me. There is a great core of young players here at Manly, a number of internationals, as well as an experienced mix of forwards led by Nate Myles, Martin Taupau, and Brenton Lawrence.
“I want to show what I can do. I want to reach my potential and I’m sure I can do that here at Manly.”
Barrett is excited about what the 25-year-old can bring.
“He is an experienced player, Curtis. He is a big edge back-rower with plenty of ability,” Barrett said.
“Curtis can play through the line, before the line, and he has got a kicking game. He is what we were looking for and we were really fortunate that this opportunity to secure him came about late.”
With Newcastle picking up Jamie Buhrer and Josh Starling, and Siosaia Vave signing with the Eels, Sironen is a very handy acquisition.