A thread to follow Ligi Sao's career as he returns to the Warriors. Hopefully the start of a long future here at the club... New Zealand Warriors sign Ligi Sao from Manly Sea Eagles for next NRL season DAVID LONG Last updated 16:50, July 22 2015 Media has been hidden. Please Register to view. The New Zealand Warriors have brought Ligi Sao back from the Manly Sea Eagles for the 2016 NRL season after letting him go three years ago. Sao, who was born in Auckland and came through the Warriors' system, will return to the club on a two-year contract from next year. The 22-year-old was named to play against the Warriors on Saturday but could be suspended for two weeks for a grade one dangerous throw charge on the Cowboys' Michael Morgan on Monday night. The signing of Sao follows the pattern of other recruits for 2016, with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke both returning to New Zealand from overseas. The club were also interested in Kieran Foran, Jason Nightingale, Peta Hiku, Jason Taumalolo and Steve Matai. Sao is mainly regarded as a prop and has begun most of his 15 games for the Sea Eagles this season from the interchange bench. But for this weekend's game at Mt Smart Stadium he was named to play at lock. Sao started playing league for the Manurewa Marlins, before being initially picked up by the Warriors. He played well for the under-20 team in 2012, but was surprisingly let go and offered a deal by the Sea Eagles. He spent most of that year playing in the NSW Cup, but made his NRL debut against the Cowboys in July 2013. Last year was a development one for Sao but 2015 proved his breakthrough season. With Sam Rapira leaving at the end of this season and Suaia Matagi already gone, Sao will add some depth to the Warriors' front row stocks and will be in a battle with the likes of Jacob Lillyman, Ben Matulino, Sam Lisone and Albert Vete for a starting spot. "We've been watching Ligi and he has developed well at Manly, especially this year with a lot more exposure at NRL level," Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden said. "He helps our depth with our middle players and increases competition for spots. It's also great to be able to bring Ligi back home." Sao said returning home was a key factor in his decision: "I've got the rest of this season ahead of me here at Manly but I'm excited the Warriors have given me the chance to come home. "It's a new challenge for me and one I'm looking forward to. I've really enjoyed my time with Manly and have been lucky to be around some great players but it's going to good being back in Auckland for next season." Link has been hidden. Please Register to view.