The Vodafone Warriors beat a number of rival clubs to snare the powerhouse Mate Ma'a Tonga international on a three-year contract.
The 29-year-old Aucklander headed back to the NRL from England where he spent the last three seasons with the Warrington Wolves in the Super League.
The destructive Murdoch-Masila was exceptional in Tonga’s historic 16-12 victory over the Kangaroos in 2019's Oceania Cup Test at Eden Park and made back-to-back appearances in the Challenge Cup final as well as playing in the 2018 Super League grand final.
Murdoch-Masila is a product of the Wests Tigers club’s rugby league nursery Keebra Park State High School.
An Otahuhu junior, he made his NRL debut with the Tigers in 2010 and went on to play 52 NRL games for the club before moving to Penrith. A two-year stint there produced only six games before he left to join the Super League.
There he made an instant impact with the Salford Red Devils scoring 22 tries in 60 matches across the 2016 and 2017 seasons before joining Warrington in 2018. He scored a try in Warrington’s 2018 Challenge Cup final loss to Les Catalans and also scored in their win over St Helens last year.
He started the 2020 Super League season memorably when he ran over Wigan’s George Burgess to score a try.
After making his Test debut for Tonga in 2013, Murdoch-Masila was a standout as he helped the island nation to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup semi-finals, scoring a try in the shock win over the Kiwis in Hamilton in the pool stages.