It was looking increasingly like Lafai's career in the top flight was over. After a total of 165 games for the Bulldogs and Dragons between 2011 and 2020, he returned to the Bulldogs mid-way through the 2020 season.
With COVID ruining reserve grade for the year, the 30-year-old who has played 13 Tests for Samoa seemed to be a forgotten force in the elite level of the game, however, Salford have seen the value in Lafai.
The club had a disastrous 2021 campaign, finishing second last on the table, but avoiding relegation with the Leigh Centurions rounding out the table, finishing with just two wins from 22 games. Salford managed seven.
Lafai said he was excited by the opportunity in a club statement.
“I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my career and I can’t wait to get to work as soon as I arrive," Lussick said.
“My family and I are excited to be part of the Salford community and we’re grateful for this opportunity.”
The signing became imperative for Salford with centres Harvey Livett and Kallum Watkins to miss the start of the season due to injury, and coach Paul Rowley said the club wouldn't be able to fill a backline without Lafai's arrival to start the season.
“As it stands, we would not be able to fill an established back line due to a few of our lads out through injury for the start of the season," Rowley said.
“Not only does Tim help to fill a gap, he will fill it with much-needed experience and quality and I’m really pleased to have him on board.”