NRL Rd 25 - Warriors v Raiders
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 31: The Warriors gather around for a huddle during the round 25 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The Warriors have confirmed the signing of Melbourne Storm prop Aaron Pene on a two-year deal from next season.

Pene has played just the three games for the Storm in his career, coming off the interchange on two occasions this year after making his debut in 2020.

The Auburn product was recruited to the Storm two years ago after an impressive campaign with QLD Cup side Central Queensland Capras.

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It is understood that the Warriors had shown interest in Pene at the time, but the coveted prop was swiftly picked up by Melbourne.

The 25-year-old is an exciting addition to Nathan Brown‘s frontline and will join the club at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

“Aaron has been in a great system for the last couple of years so he’ll bring some good experience from a top team to our club,” Brown told the club’s website.

“He’s got great leg speed and power and he’s now getting an opportunity to establish himself in Melbourne’s NRL squad this season. The modern game suits Aaron down to the ground.”

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Warriors chief executive Cameron George was also of high praise for Pene following his signing.

“Aaron’s a late bloomer and we are very excited to have him onboard and welcome him to the club. He’ll fit into our culture really well,” George said.

“Having Aaron join us is more good news for our members and fans. We’re building well for 2022 and beyond.”

Having featured in the past two games for Melbourne, Pene will be in the frame for selection this week as Melbourne the Warriors at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday.