A prodigal son at the Newcastle Knights during his time there, the start of the 2016 season saw Kurt Gidley embark on a new challenge with Super League side, the Warrington Wolves.
Now, after an impressive start to the year from the veteran, the club have opted to re-sign the 33-year old for a further two seasons.
Making a big impression on the Warrington club, its fans and coach Tony Smith, they were keen to retain him for his versatility and his experience.
“I’m pleased for Gids,” said Smith.
“He’s already shown his experience, knowledge and temperament.
“His professionalism off the field has been fantastic as well as on the field. He’s been a really good contributor for us and we are confident he’ll be able to produce that again for another year after this.
Embracing his role and producing good form, the transition has been a smooth one for Gidley.
“He is loving it and has embraced the challenge over here. He and his family enjoy living here too and the challenge that can bring,” Smith added.
“When players settle as quickly as he has it makes it easy to look at the future.”
In the short time Gidley and his family have been in Warrington, they have enjoyed it. For the man himself, staying for two years was always the goal that he set himself.
“I’m excited to be staying for another year. My plan was always to play for two years. My family – my wife and two girls – and I have been really enjoying our time here in Warrington. It’s been really enjoyable for the short time we’ve been here so far and we are looking forward to staying longer.
“I’m really enjoying having Tony as head coach as well as working with Rich Agar, Lee Briers and all the performance staff at the club. Everyone has been really helpful and it’s been a great transition for us.”