Andre Savelio playing for St Helens in 2015.
Andre Savelio playing for St Helens in 2015. Gareth Copley

Broncos sign up-and-coming English forward

BRISBANE has confirmed the signing of English forward Andre Savelio.

The 22-year old Warrington forward has signed a two-year deal with Wayne Bennett's men and scored a try in the Wolves' upset win over the Broncos in the World Club Challenge earlier this year.

Savelio has played 49 games since making his Super League debut in 2014.

Broncos chief executive Paul White said he would be a welcome addition to the Broncos.

"Andre is a strong young forward and we have seen first-hand what he can do on the field in England," he said.

"He is an exciting young prospect that will add depth to our forward stocks.

"We welcome Andre into the Broncos' family and look forward to him joining the club at the conclusion of his commitments this season."

A former England under-16s and under-18s player, Savelio has played 63 matches for famed English clubs St Helens, Castleford and Warrington in the English Super League and other competitions since debuting as a 19-year-old.

He will now follow in the footsteps of current English forwards Sam Burgess and James Graham, who have forged a path in the NRL.

Savelio said he was equipped to make the transition to the NRL.

"I have spoken to Brisbane a few times and I just thought now was the time as I feel more than ready to do it," he said.

"A lot of English forwards have done well in the NRL, so it was always something I had thought about.

"And I always thought the Broncos would be the team I wanted to go to if I did do it.

"Now I am just excited to get down there."

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