Matt Allwood

Canberra Raiders’ rookie NRL centre Matt Allwood will join the New Zealand Warriors on a three-year contract at the end of the 2014 season.

The 21-year-old has made nine first-grade appearances this year after his debut in Canberra’s first-round clash against North Queensland.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden knows about Allwoods’ quality from his time as assistant coach of Canberra’s NRL side from 2010-2012.

“I saw Matt come through Canberra’s system into the NYC and was impressed with him from the outset,” he said.

“He’s quick and he’s a tough kid, too. It’s great to have a young player of his ability coming into the club to add to add depth and quality to our centres.

“It will help make the environment really competitive, which is just what we need.”