Wests Tigers fullback Corey Thompson knows new recruit Moses Mbye better than most and says his signing will only lead to good things for the club in 2018.
With confirmation today that Mbye will play his final game in the blue and white on Saturday before switching over to Wests Tigers to start his long-term deal immediately, Thompson was quick to highlight the 24-year-old as a key player for Ivan Cleary's side in the run home for season 2018.
"I'm good mates with Moses [from when] I was with him at the Bulldogs," Thompson said.
"It'll be great to have him here.
"I think he'll bring that freshness and a fresh breath of energy. Moses is that player where he's great in attack and defence and he'll bring that spark that really adds to the team and will be great for us."
In a strange twist for Thompson, it's possible that Mbye will fill the exact jersey he dons this weekend when Wests Tigers take on the Canberra Raiders after Thompson himself was moved back to fullback.
While admitting that he preferred the No.1 jersey to other positions, Thompson said he had no problems making way for the new signing — knowing how much his inclusion would help the team.
"I know it's a business and the only thing Ivan wants to do is make this team better," he enthused.
"Moses is that type of player that can play anywhere — fullback, centre, half. He's a great player.
"I'm just going to do what I have done all year in training hard and playing hard and do my best. Wherever I get selected to play on the weekend, I'll just do my best. It doesn't bother me where I play.
"I love fullback but I'm not going to complain if I'm on the wing, I'll run out there just the same."