Tigers Secure Target in Storm Swap, Dragons Lose Another Key Player in Halfback Departure

The Wests Tigers have secured a significant backline acquisition, with the long-anticipated addition of Justin Olam from the Melbourne Storm. Shawn Blore is set to head to Victoria as part of a swap deal. The Papua New Guinean star has inked a three-year deal with the Tigers and provides much-needed firepower to their outside backs. After lackluster performances in 2023, he fell out of favor at Melbourne, though he has proved himself as a top-notch NRL center. In addition to winning a Premiership, Olam has been named Dally M Centre of the Year and represented the Kumuls 14 times. “Justin is a world-class player who brings valuable experience to our team,” noted new Tigers coach Benji Marshall. “His leadership and communication will greatly benefit our club. We are thrilled to welcome Justin and his family to the Wests Tigers.” The Tigers had previously announced the signing of Solomona Faataape from the Q Cup, further bolstering their depth options at center. St. George Illawarra are facing challenges in their halfback department after new signing Ronald Volkman is set to depart following medical tests revealing a long-standing shoulder issue. This leaves new coach Shane Flanagan scrambling to find a partner for Ben Hunt, with only son Kyle as a recognized half. According to media reports, the Dragons had not registered Volkman’s contract, giving them an out, though it is unclear where the player himself stands. The Canberra Raiders have ended their search for a new backrower with the addition of Zac Hosking from the Panthers. The 26-year-old, who recently secured a Premiership with Penrith, signed a three-year contract with the Raiders, providing much-needed depth in an area they have long sought to improve. Joel Carbone, head of recruitment at Canberra, expressed the club’s delight at welcoming Hosking. The Canberra Raiders have confirmed the signing of Zac Hosking on a three-year deal effective immediately. “The brief time we’ve had in getting to know Zac, and watching him play in the NRL, demonstrates that his work ethic, ability, and character are great additions to our club,” Carbone said. “He also adds versatility to our squad, having played several positions throughout his career, and we’re delighted to have him on board.” The NRL transfer season heating up and the articles cover the players who are joining various teams.