Isaako in meeting with Bennett at the Dolphins | Hunter Valley News

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Jamayne Isaako will leave Brisbane to work under his first NRL coach Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins from 2023.

The return of the Broncos became the third major addition to the new franchise on Wednesday, with Isaako signing a three-year contract that will begin after the end of next season at Red Hill.

He is the first Bronco to change his allegiance to the town’s rival.

Bennett gave Isaako his debut at the end of the 2017 season and thrown back by Bennett, he blossomed to win the gong for 2018 Rookie of the Year Dally M.

But Isaako has struggled to build on this early form and has spent the past two seasons under pressure to hold onto his place.

With a host of young backline talent on the books at Red Hill, Isaaco’s future at the club looked uncertain.

The Dolphins, however, showed an early degree of confidence in the 25-year-old club boss Terry Reader, saying he is “pretty sure we already know who will score goals for us in 2023”.

“Jamayne is quick, elusive and a scoring machine so we welcome him to the Dolphins’ very first team,” he said.

Isaako, who has played for Tonga and New Zealand, joins Queensland State of Origin backrower Felise Kaufusi and Parramatta hooker Ray Stone as signings from the Dolphins.

“Jamayne has been in the Broncos system for quite some time now and has made a tremendous contribution for many years,” said Broncos football boss Ben Ikin.

“He remains under contract with the club until the end of the 2022 season and has spoken with us about the possibility of making it a great year on and off the pitch.

“We wish Jamayne and his family all the best for the next part of their journey once we reach the end of the 2022 season.”

Associated Australian Press


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