The Fijian winger moved his wife and two young sons to Melbourne after being offered a three-month trial with Storm and has impressed enough in training and three practice games to secure a longer stay.
Waqa, who is moving to Point Cook tomorrow after living in the city since December, said he would still be relying on lifts from team mates for a while but the security of a one-year deal could mean he bought himself a vehicle soon.
The former Fiji rugby international, and SWAT team member, was glad his decision to come to Melbourne had paid off.
Waqa will earn about $50,000, plus match payments should he play first-grade, this season, and his signing completes Storm’s first-grade roster at 32 players.
Waqa is likely to be Storm’s back-up winger, despite pre-season injury troubles creating selection headaches for coach Craig Bellamy, particularly in the outside backs.