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The Dolphins 2023 NRL squad and development players

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Wayne Bennett has finally landed two marquee men for The Dolphins, signing both Anthony Milford and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow on two-year deals.

They are joined by the club’s latest signing Tesi Niu, who arrives on a one-year deal.

Elsewhere, the expansion outfit have added Panthers halfback Sean O’Sullivan and South Sydney utility Kodi Nikorima set to join the club for their inaugural season. 

Jeremy Marshall-King will move from Canterbury to Redcliffe next year, inking a two-year deal as the club’s likely first-choice hooker in 2023, while Broncos young gun Tesi Niu has joined the new cross-town rival.

Former Origin centre Brenko Lee has been granted an early release from his contract with the Broncos and will play for the Dolphins next season.

Titans forward Jarrod Wallace will head to his third Queensland-based club next year, also signing on with The Dolphins until the end of 2024.

The 30-year-old prop previously played with the Broncos, before moving to the Titans in 2017 and playing 110 games to date with the club. 

Warriors second-rower Euan Aitken will join The Dolphins on a two-year deal. 

The 26-year-old will bring over 150 games of NRL experience to the expansion club next year, and has the ability to play in the forwards or in the centres. 

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has also added further depth to his outside backs, after the club announced the signing of former Origin winger Edrick Lee.

Lee has played over 120 games across stints with Canberra, Cronulla and Newcastle. 

It comes after Robert Jennings, Connelly Lemuelu and young gun centre Jack Bostock signed with The Dolphins for next year.

Jamayne Isaako was one of the club’s first signings and can play either wing or fullback. 

The franchise have also announced the signing of in-form Cowboys forward Tom Gilbert.

Gilbert joins a list of experienced NRL players to have signed on with the Dolphins, including Storm trio Jesse and Kenny Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi, along with Rabbitohs prop Mark Nicholls, Origin forward Felise Kaufusi, Eels utility Ray Stone and Titans outside back Jamayne Isaako.

The Dolphins have also poached Panthers prodigy Isaiya Katoa, who penned a three-year deal to join the Dolphins next season.

Valynce Te Whare, an exciting talent out of New Zealand rugby union has also been added to the Dolphins’ top 30 roster. 

While Michael Roberts – the younger brother of former Origin centre James Roberts – has signed on as a development player along with under-age standout Harrison Graham.

Herman Ese’ese has signed a one-year deal to re-unite with Bennett, with the veteran prop departing from the Titans after a few disappointing years on the Gold Coast. 

Ese’ese has made over 100 appearances in the NRL after making his debut for the Bulldogs back in 2015.

He established himself in first grade at the Broncos, before becoming a mainstay in Newcastle’s pack for three seasons. However, he has played just 16 games for the Titans since making the move north which is a far cry from the days when he was representing New Zealand on the international stage. 

DOLPHINS 2023 NRL SQUAD

PLAYER POSITION
Jamayne Isaako Fullback/Wing
Felise Kaufusi Second-row
Jesse Bromwich Prop
Kenny Bromwich Second-row
Ray Stone Lock/Hooker
Mark Nicholls Prop
Isaiya Katoa Halfback
Valynce Te Whare Centre
Tom Gilbert Second-row
Robert Jennings Winger
Connelly Lemuelu Second-row/centre
Edrick Lee Winger
Euan Aitken Second-row/centre
Jarrod Wallace Prop
Brenko Lee Centre
Sean O’Sullivan Halfback
Jeremy Marshall-King Hooker
JJ Collins Prop
Ryan Jackson Prop
Mason Teague Lock
Kodi Nikorima Utility
Anthony Milford Five-eighth
Oliver Gildart Centre
Tesi Niu Centre/Fullback
Herman Ese’ese Lock/Prop
Poasa Faamausili Prop

Development players: Harrison Graham, Michael Roberts, Jack Bostock, Jeremiah Simbiken

Train and trail contracts: Cody Hunter, Setu Tu, Trai Fuller, Bailey Butler, Tyler Szepanowski, Lachlan Hubner, Radean Robinson 

DOLPHINS 2023 PREDICTED TEAM 

1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

2. Edrick Lee

3. Tesi Niu

4. Euan Aitken

5. Jamayne Isaako

6. Anthony Milford

7. Sean O’Sullivan

8. Mark Nicholls

9. Jeremy Marshall-King

10. Jesse Bromwich

11. Kenny Bromwich

12. Felise Kaufusi

13. Ray Stone

14. Kodi Nikorima

15. Tom Gilbert

16. Jarrod Wallace

17. Herman Ese’ese


Credit: sportingnews.com

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