London Broncos have made Fijian international Wes Naiqama their 19th addition ahead of the 2015 season

Wes Naiqama (left) is tackled during Fiji's 2008 World Cup semi-final against Australia. Picture: Action Images

Wes Naiqama (left) is tackled during Fiji's 2008 World Cup semi-final against Australia. Picture: Action Images

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London Broncos have made their 19th signing ahead of the 2015 season, bringing Fijian international centre Wes Naiqama to The Hive on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old joins from NRL side Penrith Panthers and brings with him the experience of more than 120 appearances in the Australian National Rugby League.

Speaking to the club’s website, head coach Joey Grima, said: "Over the last four-to-five weeks I've been doing my due diligence on Wes and I've spoken to some high profile people in the world of rugby league, including players from Penrith and they all have a huge amount of respect for Wes.

"He's holds a senior player role and was part of the Fiji leadership team and he's the type of person we are attracting."

Naiqama added: "I'm very happy with my decision to sign with the club. It was always a goal of mine from early in my career to some stage play in the UK at some stage.

“Thanks to Joey I've been given this opportunity, and I can't wait to get over, meet my new coach, staff, team mates and supporters and start preparing for exciting times ahead."

The experienced centre continued: "I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping London win promotion. It's unfortunate the club got relegated this year, but I feel the current squad will be better for the experience and will be hungrier than ever for it.

"I was fortunate enough to spend some time in London for the World Cup last year and loved it. Jamie Soward, who is a current team mate, had nothing but good things to say about the club, so in the end it made my decision an easy one."

Naiqama, who has won 13 caps for Fiji since making his debut in 2006, played for St George Illwarra Dragons between 2005 and 2007 before spending four years at Newcastle Knight from 2008.

In 2013, Naiqama moved to Penrith but injury interrupted his spell with the Panthers, restricting him to just eight outings for the Sydney-based outfit.

Named Fiji’s player of the year in 2011, the six footer was also Fiji's vice captain at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in the UK.

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