Sam Perrett has been granted an immediate release from the Sydney Roosters to join rival NRL club Canterbury.
It emerged last week that the New Zealand international was seeking a mid-season transfer to the Bulldogs, to be part of a package deal with brother, Lloyd, who is heading to Canterbury as a promising front-rower.
The Roosters stalled on signing off on the move last week amid reports of tension and Perrett played in Sunday's heavy loss to Manly instead of lining up for Canterbury in their clash with Melbourne in Mackay.
However, the club announced on Tuesday that the star winger had been "reluctantly granted an immediate release" to join the Bulldogs, who are short on outside backs.
The club said Sam Perrett, who is in the final year of his contract at the Roosters, sought and was offered a long-term deal by Canterbury.
Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce said the club was sympathetic to Perrett's request.
"First and foremost, Sam is a husband and father to three young children and the club respects the reason for his request for an early release," Noyce said.
"While his leadership and experience will be missed, we did not want to prevent him taking up the opportunity to secure his future for the next three-and-a-half years.
The Bulldogs have the bye this week and Sam Perrett will most likely debut for his new club on Friday week against Wests Tigers.
Perrett said he holds no ill-feeling towards the Roosters.
"The Sydney Roosters have played a huge role in the person I am today," Perrett said in a statement.
"From the players, coaches, staff, sponsors and members, it's been like family and, while I might be moving on, this club and everyone associated with it will always hold a special place in my heart."
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler said with the ongoing injury issues that Canterbury have been facing with outside backs, Perrett was certainly a handy pick up.
"He is a New Zealand Test player and has a wealth of first-grade experience," Hasler said.
"Lloyd is also a solid acquisition for our 20s program. We look forward to having them both on board.
The Sam Perrett announcement comes only 24 hours after the Roosters granted Anthony Mitchell an immediate release to join North Queensland.