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Wests Tigers sign Daine Laurie

Wests Tigers are pleased to confirm that rising talent Daine Laurie has agreed to join the club from the start of the 2022 NRL season.

The 21-year-old Laurie — who is contracted to the Penrith Panthers for the 2021 season — has signed a two-year contract that will see him feature in Wests Tigers from the start of the 2022 season until at least the end of the 2023 season.

A Grafton Ghosts junior who excelled in the junior ranks, Laurie was named Penrith’s Jersey Flegg Player of the Year in his first season with the Panthers U/20’s side — scoring 23 tries in 33 games over the course of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

In 2020, Laurie made his first-grade debut in Round 13 against the Canberra Raiders, going on to play a further two matches in his rookie season.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said he was delighted to see a player with Laurie’s exceptional talent commit his future to the club.

“Daine is one of the best young fullbacks in the game and we’re very excited to see him take the next steps in his rugby league career with the Wests Tigers,” Pascoe said.

“His commitment to the future of Wests Tigers highlights the strong squad and future that Coach Michael Maguire is delivering for this club, and we’re looking forward to welcome Daine into our colours at the start of the 2022 season.”