There will be a new face at Wests Tigers training today – the Melbourne Storm premiership winning centre Justin Olam.
The 2021 Dally M centre of the year has joined the club on a three-year deal.
Olam, a PNG international, scored 46 tries in 104 appearances during six seasons with the Storm, where he made his NRL debut in 2018.
The 30-year-old has represented his country on 14 occasions, making his international debut for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in 2016.
Wests Tigers head coach Benji Marshall said he was excited by Olam’s arrival.
“Justin is a world-class player who will bring plenty of experience to our team,” Marshall said.
“He is a proven winner who has played at the highest level.
“His leadership and communication will be very valuable to our club.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Justin and his family to our family at Wests Tigers.”
Olam said he was looking forward to the next chapter in his rugby league career.
“I was really impressed by Benji [Marshall] and his vision for me and the team, and it’s so exciting to be here,” Olam said.
“I’m keen to put in the work and win the trust of the boys and the coaches at training, and hopefully contribute to what the club is building.”
In other club news, forward Shawn Blore has been granted a contract release and will make the move from Wests Tigers to Melbourne Storm in the coming days.
The 23-year-old forward played 33 games in his four years at Wests Tigers, missing the entire 2022 season through injury.
Marshall says Blore has given a lot to the club over the past few years.
“We wish Shawn all the best with his future and thank him for his contribution to Wests Tigers,” said Marshall.
“He’s a great person and he’s developed some lifelong friendships in his time at our club.”