SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Hame Sele of the Dragons is tackled during the round 16 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at UOW Jubilee Oval on June 25, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Panthers have announced the signing of former St George Illawarra forward Hame Sele for the 2019 season.

The 22-year-old has signed a one year deal at the Panthers, with an option for an extra year.

"It's exciting for me to start this new journey with Panthers, especially when you look at the facilities and the talented players at the club," Sele told the club's website.

"It's my goal to make the most of my opportunity here and to earn a place in the NRL team.

"I'll be doing everything I can to make that happen."

In 2017, Sele was selected in the NSW City Origin squad as he made his debut for the Dragons as well.

This season, Sele only played three games and was a consistent performer for the Dragons in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition.

"Hame Sele is a tremendous addition to our playing roster," Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould told

"We consider ourselves very fortunate to have recruited such a talented forward at this stage of the season.

"Hame's style of play will complement our forward depth perfectly and coach Ivan Cleary is excited to have him at our club."

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