The release by the Sea Eagles means he is able to join the St George Illawarra Dragons effective immediately, a statement confirmed by the Dragons on Thursday.
Tuipulotu has signed with the Dragons on a two-year contract and will be the last player on the club's Top 30 roster for this season. His arrival will likely see him slot straight into the backline after Corey Allan has been ruled out for the season with injury.
“Christian is a big body who can add some strike out of the backfield and will be a valuable addition to the club,” Flanagan said in a media statement.
Recruited from the Sydney Roosters at the end of the 2020 season, Tuipulotu appeared in 32 games for the Sea Eagles, including 12 last year.
The move will see Tupiulotu immediately enter the frame to play first-grade at the Red V, who themselves have plenty of questions about the way they will line up when they open their season away from home against the Gold Coast Titans.
While Mathew Feagai played on the wing for much of last year, brother Max and late 2023 debutant Sione Finau are both in the running for a wing spot, while recent comments suggesting Jack Bird could play in the centres means Zac Lomax may also be in line for the wing spot.
"We thank Christian for all of his efforts at the Sea Eagles and wish him the best in the next chapter of his career,'' Manly CEO Tony Mestrov said via Manly Media.