Siosaia Vave. Photo by Grant Trouville

The Parramatta Eels are today pleased to announce the signing of prop forward Siosaia Vave for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The 27-year-old Tongan international has over 75 games of NRL experience and has been a major contributor for Manly this season after previous NRL stints with the Cronulla Sharks and Melbourne Storm.

Head Coach Brad Arthur said that the acquisition of Vave would provide additional strength to the Eels front row in 2017.

“I am pleased that Siosaia will be joining our squad as he brings experience and power to our front row,” Arthur said.

“As we continue to build towards 2017 it’s important that our acquisitions complement the current strength within our playing squad and I am confident that Siosaia will do this from day one.”

The signing of Vave follows the re-signing announcements of Corey Norman, Danny Wicks, Kenny Edwards and Isaac De Gois for 2017 and beyond.