Veteran centre Peta Hiku is on the move with the Kiwi international announcing he will leave the Warriors next season to take up a two-year deal with the Cowboys.
The 28-year-old has appeared in 147 NRL games, scoring 52 tries, over the course of nine seasons with the Sea Eagles, Panthers and Warriors and has also registered 11 Test appearances for New Zealand.
Hiku’s versatility has been a major asset over the course of his career, spending significant time at centre, wing and fullback as well as two games at five-eighth.
Hiku played under Cowboys coach Todd Payten at the Warriors last season.
"Peta is a smart and experienced centre, who has also shown he can play fullback and in the halves," Payten said.
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"He’s really creative for his outside men, he’s a try scorer himself and he’s a good family man who is going to add value to the club on and off the field."
Hiku had been offered a one-year contract extension by the Warriors - his campaign ended after four appearances following season-ending shoulder surgery after the 20-14 win over St George Illawarra on April 18.
"We made an offer to Peta but unfortunately we couldn’t match the terms he had on the table from his new club and understandably he has to look after his family’s best interests," said Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.
"Pet has made a great contribution to the club since coming back home in 2018 and we wish him all the best for the rest of his career."