Warriors sign Bodene Thompson, offload Bukuya

The Warriors have secured the signature of Kiwis back-rower Bodene Thompson.

Bodene Thompson of the Tigers

The Tauranga-born 26-year-old, formerly of the Tigers and Titans, has agreed to terms on a three-year deal and will join the squad following the current Four Nations campaign.

"Bodene's a quality addition to our squad, a player with a great attitude and work ethic who has impressed everyone who has worked with him," said Warriors coach Andrew McFadden.

"From the moment I first saw him play at NRL level I've been impressed with the way he goes about his work.

"He's an 80-minute back rower who's really going to add plenty to our squad and he'll also ensure there’s huge competition for spots. I'm really excited we’ve secured him."

Meanwhile, the Warriors also confirmed second rower Jayson Bukuya had been granted a release on compassionate grounds to return to Sydney.

"The past season was a challenging one for Jayson but all we want is the best for him and for his family. While his form suffered during the season we appreciate the effort he put in."

The Warriors commence their pre-Christmas training block tomorrow. New signing Matt Allwood will be among the group but most of the club's representative players won't start training until the New Year.

Others on representative duty are Kiwis Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson, Thomas Leuluai, Suaia Matagi and Siliva Havili; Sam Tomkins (England); Ryan Hoffman (Australia); and Dominique Peyroux (Toa Samoa).