Suli was this afternoon released by the Wests Tigers, and is set to join the Bulldogs outfit on a deal worth reportedly $1.3 million over three years.
The teenage sensation actually signed an identical contract with the Wests Tigers this time last year, a $1.3 million deal tying him to Concord until the end of 2020.
In fact, Canterbury attempted to sign the youngster before he signed the record contract, and it looks like the blue and white finally have their man.
Suli debuted for the Wests Tigers in Round 1 last year against South Sydney, scoring a try in his maiden NRL game.
But the 18 year-old struggled for consistency as the season wore, scoring only 2 tries in 16 NRL appearances. Despite making his international debut for Tonga during the year, Suli ended the season ranked the second worst defensive centre (behind Dale Copley, letting in an average of 1.33 tries per game.
Where he fits into the Bulldog’s backline is a whole other question.
Moses Mbye has been declared by coach Dean Pay as the club’s fullback, moving Will Hopoate into the centres alongside Josh Morris. And out on the flanks are internationals Brett Morris and Marcelo Montoya.
Rumours were sparked late last year over Brett Morris being released by the club, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs reportedly keen on securing the former rep star to fill one of their vacant wing positions.
Having endured salary cap struggles after signing Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods, it seems certain that Dean Pay will need to cut someone from his roster to allow Suli to join the club, quite possibly Brett Morris.
Canterbury are expected to confirm the deal in the coming week after Wests Tigers confirmed the departure this afternoon.