NRL Star Jarome Luai Signs Five-Year, $6 Million Deal with West Tigers


In a major announcement, the West Tigers have confirmed the signing of Toa Samoa and Penrith Panthers star, Jarome Luai, on a lucrative five-year deal worth $6 million. The three-time premiership-winning five-eighth will make the move to the West Tigers after the conclusion of the 2024 NRL season.

Having played an impressive 107 NRL games for the Penrith Panthers over six seasons since his debut in 2018, the 26-year-old Luai has been an integral part of the Panthers’ recent success, contributing to their three consecutive NRL premiership titles.

Luai, who played a crucial role as the Toa Samoa five-eighth, also played a key role in the team’s historic journey to their first-ever Rugby League World Cup final in 2022. Although they finished as runners-up to Australia, Luai’s performances showcased his talent on the international stage.

West Tigers Head Coach Benji Marshall expressed his enthusiasm about the acquisition of Luai, emphasizing the player’s experience as a genuine premiership-winning playmaker. Marshall believes that Luai’s addition will significantly contribute to the club’s future success.

“We are super excited to announce the signing of Jarome for the 2025 season on a five-year deal. His experience as a genuine premiership-winning playmaker will be great for us and the future of our club. We love the way Jarome plays his footy, and even better, he is a great person,” stated Marshall.


Despite the anticipation surrounding his move to the West Tigers, Luai remains focused on his final season with the Penrith Panthers. As they aim to secure their fourth consecutive NRL premiership title, Luai is determined to finish his tenure with the Panthers on a high note.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Jarome and his family to our club in 2025, but right now, season 2024 is our focus,” added Marshall.

As the NRL community eagerly awaits Luai’s transition to the West Tigers, the player’s dedication to finishing strong with the Panthers ensures that his focus remains on achieving success in the upcoming season. The West Tigers, buoyed by the signing of the accomplished playmaker, anticipate a bright future with Jarome Luai leading their charge in the seasons to come.

Daniel M Limā