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Pulu signs for Warriors, Gavet renewed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017 Angelo Risso

The Warriors' first-choice propping duo for 2018 appears all but settled after Leivaha Pulu and James Gavet both confirmed their presence in south Auckland for next year's NRL campaign.

Titans forward Pulu, 27, has signed for the club on a three-year deal after a breakout 2016 on the Gold Coast, while Gavet has re-signed through to 2019.

The hard-running Pulu, who weighs 115kg, was born and raised in New Zealand before moving to the Gold Coast as a teenager and bloomed late as an NRL talent.

He has made 34 Titans appearances since 2016, having spent a journeyed early career at the Tigers, Wyong Roos and French club Lezignan Sangliers.

Pulu also made his international debut for Tonga earlier this month.

Gavet, meanwhile, has also found his feet slowly in the NRL after a number of previous injuries and personal issues.

He joined the Warriors at the start of 2016 after stints at the Bulldogs, Tigers and Broncos, making 18 appearances for the club and starting the 2017 campaign as the best forward of an oft-mediocre pack.

He has also played once for Samoa.

"They both bring size and plenty of enthusiasm and aggression in the way they play the game," Warriors recruitment manager Tony Iro said.

"James was in our NYC and NRL squads in 2009 and 2010, and always had potential - it has taken him time to get to this level, but he's had a really impressive season.

"We've been interested in Leivaha for a while - he has worked hard for his opportunity in the NRL and has made a real impact."

Of the Warriors' other front rowers, Jacob Lillyman, Charlie Gubb and Albert Vete are all off-contract at the end of 2017, while stalwart Ben Matulino has already signed for the Tigers.

Sam Lisone's contract expires at the end of 2018, and Ligi Sao a year later.

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