A talented centre is always hard to find but for the Canterbury Bulldogs, they have one and have re-signed him – with Tim Lafai re-signing until the 2017 NRL season.
Lafai, who made his debut in 2011, is well-known for his on-field talents but of late, he has suffered with numerous injuries and he is currently out with a broken hand.
“I’m very happy with the new contract,” said Lafai.
“I’m happy with staying at the Bulldogs and they’ve been so good to me since I’ve come here so I wanted to return the favour and extend for three years.”
As previously mentioned, the hand injury is nothing too major for Lafai and he should return to the field within the coming weeks.
â€œItâ€™s just a little setback (the hand injury) from the trial but itâ€™s not too bad, weâ€™re looking at another two weeks and Iâ€™ll be fit and ready,” said Lafai.
Although she has not seen a lot of Lafai, Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle has so far been impressed with Lafai as a player and a person.
â€œHe played consistent football in 2013 and was rewarded with a spot in the Samoan side for the World Cup,” said Castle.
“This new contract gives him confidence that we believe he will deliver on his potential.â€
Someone who is familiar with Lafai’s abilities is coach Des Hasler, and he is pleased that the club has been able to keep the young talent at the Dogs.
â€œTim is someone that has come through the Bulldogs system and after a promising start to his NRL career weâ€™re hopeful that he continues to perform consistently in the future,” said Hasler.