Canterbury Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds has agreed to join the Wests Tigers on a four-year deal worth $3 million, Fairfax sources have confirmed on Wednesday morning.
Earlier, Channel Nine reporter and Fairfax columnist Danny Weidler tweeted news Reynolds had told teammates he was leaving the club to join the Tigers.
Reynolds will replace Mitchell Moses at the club, who has signed to play with Parramatta Eels.
Moses has requested an immediate release from the Tigers.
Joining Reynolds at the Tigers will be long-serving New Zealand Warriors prop Ben Matulino, who has also signed a three-year deal.
The 28-year-old informed his teammates of his decision in the changing room following their 20-14 loss to the Storm in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
It was Matulino’s 197th game for the Warriors and his first of the season following knee surgery.
In a short Warriors statement, 23-Test Kiwis international Matulino said he wanted to experience living in Sydney with his family and felt he couldn’t turn down the offer.
He said his focus was on finishing his final season with the club on a high, having begun his tenure there in 2008.
The contract, reportedly worth $700,000 per season, represents a swift response for the Tigers, who have moved to cover the loss of skipper Aaron Woods.
The joint venture is attempting to plug holes in their roster for 2018 with Woods, Mitchell Moses and James Tedesco set to depart at season’s end.
Matulino has been inconsistent over the last several seasons and last year was one of five players dropped from the New Zealand Test team for taking a cocktail of prescription drugs and energy drinks.