Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has been released by North Queensland, signing a two-year deal with the Dolphins.
The 21-year-old had struggled for consistent game time with the Cowboys this year, despite starting the season at fullback, and was forced to come off the bench as the club soared into the prelim finals.
Scott Drinwkater would assume the No.1 jumper while Tabuai-Fidow was sidelined early in the year and never looked back, earning himself a massive five-year extension to remain in Townsville.
But the decision from the Cowboys to invest in Drinkwater at fullback left ‘The Hammer’ on the outer, and the club confirmed his early release on Wednesday night.
“It’s always sad to say goodbye to a player who is one of our own,” general Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.
“Hamiso has a strong preference to play fullback in the NRL, which we can’t promise him at this time.
“He goes with our best wishes and we thank him for his contributions to our club.”
Tabuai-Fidow has played 50 NRL games since making his debut back in 2020, and has also represented Queensland at State of Origin level on one occasion.
The speedster will head to Redcliffe next season on a two-year contract and will be given first crack at his preferred position.
“Hamiso’s signing is hugely significant to our roster and adds a new dynamic to our team for the 2023 season,” Dolphins CEO Terry Reader said.
“The Dolphins have been on the lookout for a real game breaker and there is no doubt that he is just that. He is electric with the ball in his hands and you can see him becoming a cult figure with our fans.
“Hamiso is young but already has 50 games of experience in the NRL, is a State of Origin player and is about to become an international with Samoa at the World Cup.
“We are very excited about what Hamiso will do in a Dolphins jersey.”
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