One of the club’s role-players and heavy hitters from the bench in Ava Seumanufagai has re-signed with the club for the next two seasons.
With 23 appearances to his name this season, he was a core element in the Tigers side throughout the year and packed a punch in defence and attack for the side.
In total, he has played in 63 games for the Tigers out of a possible 70 since making his debut in 2013.
The hulking forward is pleased to remain with the club for the next couple of seasons.
â€œIâ€™ve made some good friends here at the Club and Iâ€™m really on board with what the coaches are doing,â€ Seumanufagai said.
â€œIâ€™m really happy to continue at Wests Tigers for another two years.
â€œMy goal this year was to play every game, and I fell just short of that by one match, but Iâ€™ve been fortunate enough not to get injured too much.”
Having been at the club for a few seasons now, it feels like home for the 24-year old, and he is excited about what lies ahead for he and the club.
â€œIâ€™m really happy to be here because it feels like home,” he said.
“I love it here and Iâ€™m really glad that I get to stay.
â€œIâ€™m pretty sure weâ€™ll see some really good work come out of these guys in the next few years and Iâ€™m really happy that Iâ€™m going to be part of that.”
His form was something that impressed coach Jason Taylor throughout the year and he is pleased to retain the prop for two more seasons.
â€œAva is a tireless worker and a real asset to have on our playing roster,â€ Taylor said.
â€œHeâ€™s only 24 years old, so Iâ€™m confident that his best football is still ahead of him and thatâ€™s really exciting for the Club.
â€œAvaâ€™s re-signing was an important one for us and Iâ€™m glad that weâ€™ve secured him at the Club for more two more seasons.â€
Those sentiments were echoed by CEO Justin Pascoe.
â€œWe are thrilled to have a player of Avaâ€™s calibre commit his future to Wests Tigers,â€ Pascoe said.
â€œIt re-establishes the faith that the playing group have in the direction that the Club is heading.
â€œAva is yet another exciting young player to have committed to the Club long-term and we look forward to watching him continue his development.â€