One of the under-rated players of the Wests Tigers forward pack, Sauaso Sue knows his role and goes out to perform well every week.
His efforts have not gone unnoticed, with the utility forward re-signing with the Tigers for a further two seasons.
With 71 NRL games to his name so far since his debut in Rd 6 of 2013, Sue was excited to have the chance to continue his career at the Tigers.
â€œIâ€™m very excited with my new deal,â€ Sue said.
â€œI think that this team is going places and Iâ€™d love to be part of that.
â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity for both me and my family to remain at the Club.
â€œThe Club has changed a lot since my debut; those changes are good changes and Iâ€™m very happy to be here for another two years.”
The Macquarie Fields junior looks forward to the chance to continue playing alongside his fellow forwards like Ava Seumanufagai and Aaron Woods.
â€œThe boys are awesome at the Club, weâ€™ve got a great forward pack with guys like Aaron Woods, Tim Grant, Ava (Seumanufagai) and JJ (Felise) coming up.
â€œIâ€™m focussed on bettering my game during the next two seasons and helping the younger guys coming up through the grades,â€ he said.
Having been at the Tigers and in their ranks for some years now, the club are excited to retain him.
â€œSauasoâ€™s re-signing is excellent news for the future of the Club,â€ said club CEO, Justin Pascoe.
â€œHe is an excellent ambassador of the Wests Tigersâ€™ core values and we are delighted to have him commit his future here.
â€œSauaso is one of our beyondblue ambassadors and shows great commitment to our community initiatives.
â€œHe is a very passionate player on the field and we are really excited to have around the Club for a further two years,â€ he said.
His aggression and defensive resolve are two key traits that stand out for coach Jason Taylor.
â€œWe love the passion that Sauaso plays with,â€ Taylor said. â€œHe is a very aggressive player; we love the way he carries the ball and his commitment defensively.
â€œWe want all of our young forwards to follow in his footsteps with the way he has developed over the past couple of years.
â€œSauaso is also developing his leadership skills, itâ€™s something that he is really enjoying.”
Whilst performing well, Taylor and Sue himself, know that there is more work to be done for the 24-year old to become an even better player.
â€œWe are really excited as a Club about the way he is developing in that area, because he is such a leader on the field with his actions.
â€œHis experience at a young age is great, thatâ€™s why he is part of that leadership group and we are looking forward to seeing him keep improving as a player.
â€œWhen you think about the age that he is at, there is still a lot of improvement and we are very excited about the player he can become down the track,â€ he said.