Exciting young fullback Reece Walsh is officially a part of the NZ Warriors after confirmation the 18-year-old will link up with the club immediately.
Walsh signed a three-year contract with the Warriors last month, which was due to start next season, but the Brisbane Broncos have agreed to part ways with the Australian Schoolboys star early.
"We're delighted Reece can join us," says club recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan.
"That was always our hope, and it was what Reece desperately wanted to do as well once he'd signed with us.
"It's a great outcome because it allows him to spend invaluable time with Roger [Tuivasa-Sheck] in his final season with us.
"Reece is really looking forward to working with Roger and learning all he can from one of the greatest fullbacks the game has ever seen.
"Roger in turn can’t wait to train alongside Reece and mentor him."
Last week it was reported the Broncos were keen to land young Warriors half Paul Turner as part of an early release deal, but at this stage, neither club has confirmed if a player swap is included.
Walsh has represented both Australia and Queensland at schoolboy level and is regarded by NRL coaching great Phil Gould as a star of the future.
He’s yet another product from the famed Keebra Park State High School rugby league nursery, which produced his future teammate Ben Murdoch-Masila along with the likes of Benji Marshall and Payne Haas.
Walsh is also a handy goal-kicker and has experience playing in the halves as well as fullback.