Patrick joins brothers at Storm
LEAGUE: There will be double the Kaufusis at the Melbourne Storm next season with Bundaberg's Patrick Kaufusi joining the team.
The prop signed a two-year deal with this seasons minor premiers on Friday afternoon.
Kaufusi joins the Storm after playing 22 games for the North Queensland Cowboys from 2015 to this year.
The 23-year-old played nine games in 2017 before a foot injury ended his year.
Patrick becomes the third Kaufusi to play for the Storm after Antonio (2003-2008) and Felise who is still at the club.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy hopes the move would see Patrick play at his best.
"Felise's younger brother has agreed to terms to come down here next year,” he told NRL.com.
"Felise has been wonderful for us this year - hopefully Patrick can have the same impact.”
It will be the first time the duo have played for the club together since both in the North Queensland Cowboys under-20 squad in 2012.
Patrick will replace Storm player Jordan McLean with Bellamy confident the former Past Brothers junior can fill the gap.
"(Patrick) and Jordan are swapping clubs and he is going to be a real big loss.”
Antonio Kaufusi said he was proud to see both of his brothers join the same club he once did.
He said it was a relief Patrick was able to sort his future out and continue to play in the NRL next year.
It was also surreal for the current The Waves Rugby League coach to see both at the Storm after the duo watched him play when he was at the club.
Patrick will start training with his new club before the end of the year.