Warriors announced the signing of Hurricanes lock Michael Fatialofa in March 2018 but it was nine months before he made his debut in the European Challenge Cup match in Pau.
Fatialofa's arrival was delayed until he had helped Auckland win New Zealand's Mitre 10 Cup and he was then given time to recover from a hamstring injury before he played for Warriors.
Fatialofa's outstanding lineout work was a feature of the second half of Warriors' season and he also proved a mobile and powerful ball carrier.
The highly-regarded Kiwi has already won a Super Rugby title with the Hurricanes and has vast experience at the top level in New Zealand.
Having also plied his trade for Southland and Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup, the giant forward represented the Barbarians in 2016.