The Parramatta Eels have announced the signing of a third former player returning to the NRL from the English Super League with Kiwi international centre Paul Whatuira agreeing to a one-year deal, giving the club a worthy replacement for Timana Tahu.

The 29-year-old grand final winner with Penrith and Wests Tigers joins Chris Hicks who last week signed a deal with his third NRL club, and Casey McGuire. All have signed one-year deals to give the Eels valuable experience after the departure of backs Tahu, Eric Grothe (retired), Feleti Meteo, Krisnan Inu and Jonathan Wright.

Paul Whatuira is a proved international performer who brings class and experience to our backline and at 29 still has some good NRL football in him,” said CEO Paul Osborne.