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Dolphins sign Panthers young gun Isaiya Katoa

Dolphins sign Panthers young gun Isaiya Katoa

Dolphins sign Panthers young gun Isaiya Katoa

Author : Andrew McEnallay NSWRL Media

Dolphins sign Panthers young gun Isaiya Katoa

Redcliffe Dolphins have secured the services of Penrith Panthers SG Ball halfback Isaiya Katoa on a three-year deal from 2023 onwards.

Katoa is widely regarded as one of the most talented prospects coming through and is an exciting signing for the Dolphins after they have agreed to terms with several NRL veterans.

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The brother of former Bulldogs player Sione Katoa, Isaiya impressed in the Panthers Harold Matthews Cup side in 2021 and has had a brilliant start to the 2022 season in their SG Ball Cup season.

Katoa is held in such high regard that the Dolphins have opted to skip the development contract stage and fast-track him into their NRL top 30 squad when their pre-season training begins in November.

“Isaiya is one of the most sought-after young playmakers in the game, so this is a really big coup for the Dolphins,” said Dolphins Chief Executive Terry Reader in a club statement.

“We have already built significant depth and experience in our forward pack and there is no doubt that this plays a part in enticing young talent to join our squad.

“We recognise the potential Isaiya has and are excited about what he can become working with head coach Wayne Bennett every day.”

While the Dolphins have recruited plenty of experience in premiership winners Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Felise Kaufusi and Grand Finalist Mark Nicholls.

They have also added some young talent in Jamayne Isaako and James Roberts younger brother Michael.

The Panthers are currently undefeated in the SG Ball competition and Katoa has two tries and two try assists.Crash Claim, Meeting friends by accident

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