Bursting onto the NRL scene earlier this season, the form shown by Melbourne Storm youngster Felise Kaufusi has been enough to convince the club to re-sign him.
Kaufusi will enjoy a new 2-year deal with the club, with the forward playing an important role off the bench in his 13-game career so far.
Kaufusi, a Bundaberg Brothers junior, was a part of the North Queensland Cowboys Holden Cup set-up and now in his second season with the Storm, the club are pleased to have re-signed him.
â€œFelise is a very good young player who we believe can play regular first grade football,â€ said Melbourne Storm Director of Football, Frank Ponissi.
â€œHe attracted a number of other offers, so we are very pleased he has decided to stay with Melbourne Storm and the next two years allows the Club to continue to develop him into a consistent NRL player.
â€œHis signing is great news for Melbourne Storm for now and for the future.â€
Playing alongside the calibre of players at the Storm and what they are building, was a big reason behind Kaufusi’s decision to stay.
“Having players like Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Jesse Bromwich and the overall pack, I think I can just improve and get better as a player,” said Kaufusi.
Playing alongside an international prop in Jesse Bromwich – and one of the best in the NRL – Kaufusi has learnt a lot from him in the two years he has been with the club.
“As you said, he is the best prop in the game and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can off the big unit,” said Kaufusi.
The chance to play first-grade and stay in the Storm team has been a dream for Kaufusi and he is just pleased to be playing.
“Oh, mate, it’s been unreal,” said Kaufusi.
“I’ve enjoyed every second of it and I’ve still got a lot of improvement in me.
“Look forward to improving on the little things and getting better.”