The Brisbane Broncos have today confirmed the signing of exciting young British forward Andre Savelio.
The 22-year-old Warrington player will join the Broncos on a two-year contract at the end of this English Super League season.
Savelio actually played against the Broncos in the World Club Series earlier this year, scoring a try in Warrington’s upset victory.
Broncos’ chief executive Paul White said he would be a welcome addition to the Broncos.
“Andre is a strong young forward and we have seen first-hand what he can do on the field in England,” said White.
“He is an exciting young prospect that will add depth to our forward stocks.
“We welcome Andre into the Broncos’ family and look forward to him joining the club at the conclusion of his commitments this season.”
A former England under-16s and under-18s player, Savelio has played 63 matches for famed English clubs St Helens, Castleford and Warrington in the English Super League and other competitions since debuting as a 19-year-old.
He will now follow in the footsteps of current English forwards Sam Burgess and James Graham, who have forged a path in the NRL.
Savelio said he was equipped to make the transition to the NRL.
“I have spoken to Brisbane a few times and I just thought now was the time as I feel more than ready to do it,” he said.
“A lot of English forwards have done well in the NRL, so it was always something I had thought about.
“And I always thought the Broncos would be the team I wanted to go to if I did do it.
“Now I am just excited to get down there.”
Brisbane Broncos 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Jack Bird (Cronulla Sharks, 2021), Troy Dargan (Parramatta Eels, 2018), David Fifita (2020), Matthew Lodge (2018), Patrick Mago (North Queensland Cowboys, 2018), Shaun Nona (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Andre Savelio (Warrington Wolves, 2019), Sam Tagataese (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Jake Turpin (Melbourne Storm, 2018)|
|2018 Losses: Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans), Adam Blair (New Zealand Warriors), Herman Ese'ese (Newcastle Knights), Keegan Hipgrave (Gold Coast Titans), Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons), Matiu Love-Henry (New Zealand Warriors), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), David Mead (Catalan Dragons), Tautau Moga (Newcastle Knights), Francis Molo (North Queensland Cowboys)|
|Re-Signed: Darius Boyd (2021), George Fai (2019), Alex Glenn (2019), Jamayne Isaako (2018), Jordan Kahu (2020), Andrew McCullough (2021), Josh McGuire (2021), Anthony Milford (2021), Kodi Nikorima (2020), Corey Oates (2018), Joe Ofahengaue (2019), James Roberts (2021)|
|Off Contract 2018: Troy Dargan, Jamayne Isaako, Matthew Lodge, Patrick Mago, Shaun Nona, Corey Oates, Tom Opacic, Mosese Pangai, Tevita Pangai Junior, Korbin Sims, Jaydn Su'a, Sam Tagataese, Sam Thaiday, Jake Turpin|