Two-time premiership winner Api Koroisau has found a new home in 2023, with the Wests Tigers securing the services of the dynamic hooker on a three-year agreement.
Koroisau, fresh off his premiership-winning season at the Panthers, has become the fifth NRL player to officially settle his future with a rival club for 2023 this off-season.
The 29-year-old, who re-joined the Panthers in 2020, is the second player recruited by the joint venture for the 2023 season after Parramatta forward Isaiah Papali'i agreed to terms last week.
Koroisau's pending Wests Tigers move will be for two seasons with a mutual option for a third.
It is his fourth club since he made his NRL debut in 2014.
"We're very pleased to have secured Apisai from the start of the 2023 season," Wests Tigers director of football Tim Sheens said.
"He not only adds a further level of experience in a key position of the spine, but he has shown himself to be successful alongside head coach Michael Maguire previously in his career.
"It is always a big positive to sign a player with international and State of Origin experience, and what Apisai has achieved at both club and representative level will be a great addition to what we are building here."
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The Fijian representative began his NRL Telstra Premiership career at South Sydney before linking with the Panthers in 2015.
He later joined Manly on a three-year deal before Panthers coach Ivan Cleary lured him back to Penrith in 2020, where he made his Origin debut this season.
His signing will be crucial for the joint venture, who have struggled to fill a void at hooker left by club great Robbie Farah in recent years.
Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has tinkered with his dummy halves pairing since Farah's retirement with Jacob Liddle and Jake Simpkin sharing the role.
“He will join us with a wealth of experience to his name, having represented Fiji on the international stage and the Blues in State of Origin, and we look forward to him and adding plenty to our club in the coming years," Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said.
Koroisau is the sixth premiership-winning Panther to depart the club since their Telstra Premiership grand final victory against South Sydney in October.