Tigers back-rower signs new deal

Kyle Lovett

One of the surprising selections in the Tigers side at the start of the season, his form has seen him do enough to retain that spot and earn a new deal, with Kyle Lovett re-signing at the Wests Tigers.

The new 2-year deal is a welcome reward for Lovett who has impressed since making his NRL debut in Rd 1 of this season.

With 19 first-grade games to his name so far, the Leichhardt junior is pleased to re-sign and admits he did not except first-grade to come so early for him.

“I’m stoked with the new deal,” Lovett said.

“I love playing for the Club and I’ve really enjoyed this season in the NRL.

“It was obviously a goal of mine to play first grade this year and that opportunity came in Round 1, which I wasn’t really expecting, but I’ve enjoyed the challenge.

“Getting the contract out of the way is something I was looking forward to; I’m keen to finish this season strong and to keep working on my consistency.”

Head coach Jason Taylor is just as pleased with Lovett, who has impressed him since making his debut.

“Kyle has exceeded all expectations this year,” Taylor said.

“He made his debut at the beginning of the year and we had expected a handful of games from him – given it’s his first year in the NRL – but he has been really impressive and played close to every game.

“That effort is a credit to himself and the Club because he’s done probably three times more than what we had hoped for and that’s really pleasing.”

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