Penrith have confirmed the signing of Manly forward Frank Winterstein ahead of the 2019 NRL season.
The 32-year-old Samoan international has agreed to a one-year deal at Panthers and has been training with the squad since Monday.
“It was a bit of whirlwind last weekend with everything falling into place for me to join the Panthers,” Winterstein said.
“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given and look forward to working with the talented players and coaches.
“I’ve been in the professional sport environment for a long time and I know I can use that experience to help the young players here, on and off the field.”
Winterstein made his NRL debut with Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2008 before spending five seasons in the U.K. Super League with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Crusaders Rugby League and Widnes Vikings.
He switched codes to Rugby Union in 2014 and two years later earned selection in the Australian Sevens side.
Winterstein made a total of 41 NRL appearances for the Sea Eagles after joining the club in August 2016.
“It’s a bonus for our club to gain a player of Frank’s experience and ability at this stage of the season,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.
“He gives our roster added depth in a key position.”
Winterstein is also known for his outstanding work in the community and last year became an official advocate for the NRL’s Voice Against Violence and State of Mind programs.