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Tevita Pangai thankful Canberra Raiders have found replacement in Joe Tapine

Former Canberra Raider Tevita Pangai says he left the club to join Brisbane "on great terms" and is thankful they have found a ready-made replacement in Newcastle recruit Joseph Tapine.

Pangai signed with the Broncos last month for 2017 and 2018, but Canberra granted him an early release last week after they snared Tapine a year earlier than expected.

It means both clubs will be pleased with the outcome and Pangai is content to bide his time behind Brisbane's star-studded pack.

The 20-year-old Junior Kangaroo failed to break into first grade at Canberra and admitted he is still learning the professionalism it takes to succeed at the top level.

"Yeah, that's what I'm working on [professionalism]. I've just got to work hard and be patient and when the time comes hopefully I'll be ready," Pangai said.

"I'm still young for a prop, the likes of Paul Vaughan and Shannon Boyd are going really well now and I've still got a year [of eligibility for] under-20s.


"I'll just take my time and learn what I've got to do off the field to be an elite athlete."

Tapine and Pangai are similar players – big, powerful, agile and the ability to play in the back row or the middle third.

"I'm happy for the club [Canberra] – they signed a good player too, there's no loss for them," Pangai said.

"Like Don [Furner, Raiders CEO] said in the media, there's probably other issues why I've come up here and I'm just happy we finished on good terms."

Pangai came through the ranks as a back rower but has the build to play in the front row.

He is looking forward to learning from Queensland Origin forwards at Brisbane including Corey Parker, Sam Thaiday and Matt Gillett.

"There's no doubt they're a force. They've got a lot of depth in the forward pack and that will help me prepare to the best of my ability every day at training," he said.

"I'll have to be on my game every day with the competition up here. I'm looking forward to it.

"I'm not too sure where I see my best spot at the moment, I'm just happy to play anywhere in the forwards.

"Sticky [Raiders coach Ricky Stuart] put me in the front row and it's good to learn both positions. I'm just excited to start a new journey."