The Parramatta Eels have won the race for boom centre Esi Tonga, with the Gold Coast Titans flyer set to join the club on a two-year deal from 2012.
The explosive 23-year-old centre has joined recent signings Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts in highlighting the Pirtek Eels’ newfound direction under head coach Stephen Kearney.
“I was really impressed with the plan the Eels have moving forward and I feel I’ll be able to play my best footy there,” Tonga said today.
“I want to thank the Titans – I’ve been with them since I was a young bloke coming into first grade.
“I’m hoping to take my footy to the next level and I feel like I’ll have the best opportunity to do that at the Eels under Steve Kearney.”