Performing strongly in recent weeks since being given an opportunity, JJ Felise has received an extra boost, re-signing with the Wests Tigers until the end of 2018.
Still eligible for Holden Cup, the 20-year old made his official debut in Rd 7 and has played five games to date.
The Logan Brothers junior also represented the Junior Kangaroos earlier this year and is pleased to have re-signed at the club.
â€œIâ€™m really happy to have extended my deal with Wests Tigers,â€ Felise said.
â€œIâ€™m really happy with the offer they have put through and Iâ€™m really pleased to be able to stay at the Club.
â€œIâ€™m really grateful for the opportunity they have given me, the Club has been there for me since the junior grades with the Keebra Park and Wests Tigers relationship.
â€œThe senior boys have been teaching me a lot of stuff this year and Iâ€™m really excited to re-sign with Wests Tigers.
â€œItâ€™s a dream come true playing first grade, I couldnâ€™t really put words to the experience.”
With the calibre of props at the club and the chance to learn under them, Felise is looking forward to utilising the experience at the club.
â€œItâ€™s something you dream of as a kid and I didnâ€™t think the day would come but Iâ€™m really thankful to JT (Jason Taylor) and the rest of the coaching staff for the opportunity,” said Felise.
â€œIâ€™m just hoping to play consistent footy, remain injury-free and take whatever opportunities I get in first grade with both hands.
â€œFront row is a position that you need to develop in as you get older and weâ€™ve got some of the best here in Aaron Woods, Tim Grant, Ava Seumanufagai and Sauaso Sue.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to learning from those guys and Iâ€™m hoping I can model myself into a consistent first grade player in years to come,â€ he said.
Felise also drew praise from coach Jason Taylor.
â€œJJ has a really bright future ahead of him and Iâ€™m really pleased that he has committed to the Wests Tigers for another two seasons,â€ Taylor said.
â€œHe has taken every opportunity we have given him this year and he has a great attitude to training.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to seeing what JJ can do in years to come and we are very excited to have him at the Club,â€ he said.