Canberra Raiders have completed the signing of second-rower Joseph Tapine on a four-year deal effectively immediately.
The Raiders confirmed the move on Thursday, after Tapine was released from the final year of his Newcastle Knights contract two days earlier.
Tapine became a free agent on Tuesday after the 21-year-old was banished from training having revealed he had signed a pre-contract with the Raiders for the 2017 NRL season.
"I'm really excited to be here. It's a new chapter in my life and I'm just looking forward to getting out there with the boys," Tapine said.
"I saw the team play last week and it's a deadly team. I saw the skills and fitness and I'm looking forward to being a part of it.
"I'm definitely keen to work with Ricky [Stuart]. I've heard good things about him and I have a couple of mates who play here who have given him big raps.
"Adam Clydsdale is my former roommate and I'm good friends with Joey Leilua so it will be great for me to have some players I know well here."