Luciano Leilua leaving Wests Tigers for North Queensland Cowboys

Going going gone: Luciano Leilua will follow his older brother's lead and leave the Wests Tigers at the end of the season. Picture: Simon Bennett

Going going gone: Luciano Leilua will follow his older brother's lead and leave the Wests Tigers at the end of the season. Picture: Simon Bennett

One of the Wests Tigers best players of the 2021 season will leave the club at the end of next year.

Luciano Leilua has confirmed he will join the North Queensland Cowboys on a three-year deal starting in 2023. The 25-year-old's brother Joey left the club at the end of this past season.

"Since his arrival, Luciano has made a strong contribution to Wests tigers and we have no doubt that he is firmly committed to delivering his best football with the club in 2022," the club said in a statement. "We wish Luciano, his partner Dora and his daughter Ida-Lynn all the best in the future."

The Cowboys are excited to welcome the Samoan international to their ranks.

"We've always been steadfast on our desire to add more experience to our forward pack, particularly in the edge back row position," Cowboys general manager of football Micheal Luck said.

"Luciano is developing into an 80-minute backrower and he has some tools in his kit bag that not a lot of other players possess. He's a threat with the footy and he can create for others through his passing, offloading and his ability to break the line.

"We believe he will add a significant point of difference to our attack and will be difficult for opposition defences to plan against.

"We're also excited about the lessons Luciano can teach our young forwards through his experiences during the early years of his NRL career."