He may not be a household name but he is a player that gives it his all when given an opportunity and for Jesse Sene-Lefao, his good form has seen him sign a new deal with the Manly Sea Eagles.
Enjoying a recent stint in first-grade due to injuries, the new 2-year deal will keep the Samoan international at the club until the end of 2016.
With 14 NRL games to his name so far and a likely 15th in tonight’s blockbuster v the Sydney Roosters, Sene-Lefao is pleased to have extended his stay with the club.
Iâ€™m really excited to be staying with the Sea Eagles for the next two years,â€ Sene-Lefao said.
â€œManly showed a lot of faith by brining me over here last year. They have given me the opportunity to test myself at the highest level and Iâ€™m grateful for that.â€
â€œNow that I have sorted my future, I just want to finish this year strong, get better and learn even more from all the boys.â€
Having kept tabs on Sene-Lefao’s process over the last year or so, Manly coach Geoff Toovey decided to grant him an opportunity in first-grade and is pleased to see the back-rower re-sign.
â€œIâ€™m really happy that Jesse has committed to the Sea Eagles,â€ Toovey said.
â€œHe brings a real energy and enthusiasm to the team every time he plays and has shown this year that he has the skills, strength and power to succeed at the top level.â€
â€œItâ€™s always positive news for everyone when a player who has been given the opportunity by the Club at NRL level wants to stay.â€
â€œJesse and all our young forwards have really impressed this year and weâ€™re expecting more of the same from all of them with the business end of the season fast approaching.â€
Also weighing in on the re-signing Manly’s General Manager David Perry, who lauded the impact that Sene-Lefao provides from the bench.
â€œJesse has been in fantastic form this season. His impact off the bench has undoubtedly helped the team to where we sit on the NRL ladder and his re-signing is just rewards,” said Perry.
“To retain him despite interest from other clubs is a real achievement and something the Club should be proud of.â€