Fresh from recording their second Super League victory of the season over Warrington Wolves last weekend, Catalans Dragons have today confirmed the signing of Melbourne Storm forward Sam Kasiano on a three-year deal.

28-year-old Kasiano was allowed to leave by the Storm due to salary cap pressures. Had he stayed, Melbourne would have been forced to deregister icon and legend Cameron Smith due to him having been the last signing of the off-season. Melbourne, therefore, had to shift some money off their wage bill in order to comply in time for Thursday’s big kick off in the NRL against Brisbane Broncos.

Kasiano has made eleven international appearances in stints for New Zealand and Samoa since making his NRL debut with Canterbury in 2011. Thereafter, he has played in excess of 150 first-grade matches Down Under and now moves to Perpignan with Catalans. “He is blessed with an incredible attacking skill set whilst the physical impact he will create can alter the course of any game,” head coach Steve McNamara told the club website, adding that the club had left their final overseas quota spot available to add a real “game changer” when the time arose.

“This is a great signing not only for the Catalans Dragons, but also for the Super League competition.”