The Wests Tigers have continued their impressive retention of young, upcoming players, with Manaia Cherrington and Delouise Hoeter both re-signing for 2 years.
Cherrington is a highly rated hooker at the club and Delouise an entertaining and powerful utility back, with both set to move into the Tigers full-time squad.
For Cherrington, who was a premiership winner with Balmain at SG Ball level in 2012, staying at the Tigers was a given and he has always dreamt of donning the Tigers colours in first-grade.
â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to play for the Club since I was young and to re-sign itâ€™s a big honour, Iâ€™m proud to be here,â€ Cherrington said.
To make things even more exciting for Cherrington, he will get the opportunities to show his skills, named in the Tigers NRL Auckland Nines squad.
â€œItâ€™s really exciting to be named in the Auckland Nines squad and playing my first NRL trial on the weekend was really exciting, Iâ€™m ready to keep working hard.â€
Hoeter, who has shown his talents at the NYC level, is a Keebra Park product and much like Cherrington, he intends to make the most of the opportunity.
â€œItâ€™s really exciting getting the opportunity with the Wests Tigers and to play the game at the most professional stage that you can,â€ Hoeter said.
â€œIâ€™m very happy with the new deal and I can only look forward to what is to come over the next two years.â€
With retaining young players often the key for any coach, Mick Potter is well aware of the talents that Cherrington and Hoeter possess and is pleased to have retained them both.
â€œI think they are good prospects, I think Manaia has good speed and awareness around the dummy-half and he is still learning and growing so thereâ€™s a lot of potential there,â€ Potter said.
â€œDelouise is a very good outside back whoâ€™s understanding and anticipation of what is going to happen is excellent and Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing him progress.
â€œIâ€™d like to think that both of them will get better throughout the season and push for the grade above them.”