When you think of Bill Tupou, you may not see the biggest winger, or the quickest winger – but you see a toiler, and a young man in the form of his career, looking to do his part for the Warriors in their quest for premiership glory.
Tupou, who was off-contract at the end of the current NRL season, with an option in the favour of the club – had a new deal negotiated by his manage Stan Martin, although specifics of the deal were not revealed.
The deal includes an option in the club’s favour, should they wish to extend Tupou’s contract at the end of 2014.
“Bill’s been offered a new extension for two years and he signed the contract this week,” Martin said.
“He’ll be staying with the Warriors until 2014 at least.
“I spoke to the Warriors at the end of last year and at the beginning of this year after Billy’s top performances during the play-offs. He also made the Kiwis squad for the Four Nations, let’s not forget.
“He’s improved quite a lot. I think the Warriors see him as a long-term winger and wanted to keep him at the club. He’s received some good rewards on the back of some impressive performances.”
Tupou is pleased to have his contract situation sorted, and is keen to play as well as he can.
â€œItâ€™s great to have my contract sorted out and to know Iâ€™ll be staying here,â€ said Tupou.
â€œIâ€™ve been around the Vodafone Warriors for a few years now and Iâ€™ve got a lot to thank the club for.
â€œIâ€™ve enjoyed having the chance to play in the NRL regularly but I also know I have to work at my game and keep improving to hold onto my place.â€
Brian McClennan, Warriors coach, said that Tupou deserved to be rewarded with a new contract, based on his form.
â€œBillâ€™s one of our most improved and reliable players,â€ he said.
â€œHe has developed into a consistent first-grade player and, like so many in our NRL squad, heâ€™s an example of what local players can achieve by coming through our development system.â€