Tuilagi has secured a release from the final two seasons of his contract with the Sea Eagles to sign a two-year deal under Brad Arthur at the Eels.

The Samoan international joined Manly from the Wests Tigers in 2023, featuring in 17-games for the Sea Eagles.

However, a logjam of backrowers at the Sea Eagles, including Haumole Olakua’atu, Ben Trbojevic and Josh Schuster has led Tuilagi to link with Parramatta.

Tuilagi will provide much required depth and competition in the back row at the Eels where Shaun Lane is regarded as the only edge forward guaranteed a starting spot in Brad Arthur’s best 17.

For the Sea Eagles, Tuilagi’s exit will enable the club to create further flexibility in their salary cap.

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  • When I saw this signing my initial reaction was nice one. He can play and 2023 showed we did need more on our edges. 
    However I was feeling good, work going well, life moving along nicely and I thought to myself, "absolutely not. Where can I go to get my yearly fill of doom and gloom?"  So I headed over here to 1Eyed and I wasn't disappointed. The usual suspects moaning about the sky falling put me in a much more melancholy mood. How dare I feel optimistic, what was I thinking? Thanks 1Eyed 👍🏻

    • It never fails 

    • Lol

  • Big hard running edge forward. I'd rather him than Schuster to be honest. 

    • I honestly don't know much about him but I respect the positives said by people I respect.

      The usual suspects, well what do you expect, though a bit disappointed in Snake, mainly because he used the Manly forum as a guide, if their forum is anything like ours when it comes to suspects then I think it is a total ignore! comeon Snakey boy I can see the makings of a little horn coming from the top of your head! 

      PS Karen is home (yesterday), I am doing the washing and cooking the meals.....she had jam on toast last night and said it was wonderful. I had leftovers from my 3 year old grandsons birthday party on Sunday.....can't wait till tonight, Karen fancies fish and chips, I am pretty sure I can handle that! lol

  • I think this a good signing.  We need a replacement for Davey, Ogden, Murchie and hopefully Moimisea.  As for Manly fans having a bitch about him, that is probably more to do with the fact they are pissed at him leaving so choose to slag him off.  He is a big unit and athletic, runs hard and also has an offload.  Exactly what we need on the edge.  Now we just have to nail a centre and a winger.

    • On the silvertails they always were critical about Tualagis goal line defense saying it was non existent.  Imagine what a pre season under the bush coach would do to his goal line defense foot-in-mouth

      • Well he improved Cartwrights defence out of site. 

        • Brett look at the stats, we are the worst goal line defenseive team in the comp.  You think Arthur is a good defensive coach think again brett

          • Need to be more like roosters and lay in ruck. Only reason their goal line D was so good was they pushed the refs.

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