Digital Image by Brett Crockford © nrlphotos.com :	    Sisa Waqa  NRL, Rugby League, Round 19,  Melbourne Storm v  Canberra Raiders @ AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC, Saturday 19th July, 2014.

Storm to farewell flying Fijian

Melbourne Storm will farewell Sisa Waqa at the end of the season after the winger agreed to terms with Canberra Raiders on a longer term deal.

Melbourne Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said:

“Sisa is an extremely well liked member of our Club, he has worked extremely hard to become the NRL player he is today,” Ponissi said.

“While Sisa was contracted for another season, he received an offer from the Raiders that was too good to refuse. He has a young family to look after and we weren’t going to stand in the way in doing what’s best for them.

“We know Sisa will be committed and focused on finishing the season well with Melbourne Storm. He is a Melbourne Storm premiership player and he and his family will always be welcome at the Club.”

Waqa, 29, joined Storm in 2011 after securing a contract after a three month pre-season trial. He previously played a handful of games with the Sydney Roosters.

Storm has already secured a ready-made replacement for Waqa for 2015 in Marika Koroibete. Koroibete, 22, recently made his Storm debut after a mid-seasons switch from Wests Tigers and scored his first try for the Club on the weekend.

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Forward Tim Glasby will also depart at the end of the season after signing with the North Queensland Cowboys for the next two seasons.

Glasby joined Storm at the end of 2012 and has played seven games with the Club. He has played an important role over the last two weeks coming off the bench in matches against the Bulldogs and Raiders.

“Tim is a great club player and has been a valued member of our squad over the last two seasons, he has a great opportunity at the Cowboys and we wish him all the best,” Ponissi said.