The Sydney Roosters have announced that their two-time premiership-winning forward Siosiua Taukeiaho will leave the club upon the conclusion of the 2022 season.

The Tongan international has signed a two-year deal with French Super League club Catalans Dragons.

“The Sydney Roosters has been my home for almost ten years. I love the club and the people in it,” Taukeiaho said in a statement.

The versatile forward – who has predominantly played as a prop or lock under Trent Robinson – debuted for the New Zealand Warriors back in 2013.

He joined the Roosters two years later and was a part of their back-to-back premiership victories in 2018 and 2019.

The 30-year-old, who is renowned for his rampaging carries and high work-rate, has since gone on to register over 150 appearances for the Tricolours.

Taukeiaho was quick to give credit to Robinson and his coaching staff for helping to turn him into one of the most damaging forwards in the NRL, when he signed his last contract extension with the club in 2019.

Meanwhile, he has set his sights on finishing his spell in Bondi on a high, with a third premiership certainly attainable.  

“There have been some special times and I’m looking forward to creating many more memories during the rest of this season,” he said.

“I’m pleased to have my future sorted, but my only focus for the remainder of 2022 is doing my best for the Sydney Roosters and paying the jersey the respect it deserves each week I wear it.”

The prop will be following in the footsteps of a whole host of other former Roosters who went on to play in Perpignan, including current duo Dylan Napa and Mitchell Pearce.

“Joining Catalans Dragons is an exciting opportunity for me and my family, but that’s ahead in 2023,” he added.

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