Tesi Niu granted early release from Broncos, set to join Dolphins for 2023

Tesi Niu has been granted an early release by the Broncos, with a move to the NRL’s 17th club the Dolphins imminent.

The 21-year-old has featured on 32 occasions in the top grade for Brisbane since making his debut back in 2020, scoring 11 tries and covering multiple positions in the backline.

Niu is a skilful player with great footwork and has the ability to play both centre or fullback, making him an ideal signing for Wayne Bennett.

The Courier Mail reports that Niu will ink a multi-year deal with the Redcliffe-based franchise in the coming days. 

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The Tongan international had one year remaining on his deal with the Broncos, but the club opted to allow him to move on in order to play consistent first grade.

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters farewelled the young gun and thanked him for his time at Red Hill.

“Tesi has been in the Broncos system for a number of years and is highly regarded across the club,” he said.

“But we believe he will receive more opportunities elsewhere and it’s an indication of our respect for Tesi that we have allowed him to depart.

“We wish Tesi all the best in the next part of his journey.”

Niu will likely slot in at centre for the Dolphins, with former Cowboys flyer Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow expected to earn first shot at the fullback role. 

More to come…

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