Regarded as one of their best young forwards to come through the ranks in recent years, Wests Tigers fans will be pleased to hear that Esan Marsters has re-signed until the end of 2018.
The new 2-year deal is well deserved for Marsters, who has impressed in both the Holden Cup and the Intrust Super Premiership this season for the Tigers.
A tremendously talented back-rower, the Mount Albert Lions junior is a Junior Kiwi representative and his new deal will coincide with Marsters joining the full-time NRL squad from next season.
Marsters wanted to stay with the club and hopes to work hard to earn a first-grade opportunity.
â€œItâ€™s really good to re-sign because I wanted to stay at Wests Tigers,â€ said the talented back-rower.
â€œI wanted to show my loyalty to the Club because it has been really good here and Iâ€™m enjoying my training.
â€œI feel as though the Club gave me a chance and I want to try and pay them back.
â€œThere are other things to take into account like my family is really close here and weâ€™ve based ourselves around here so itâ€™s good to stay.”
Relishing the chance to play in the ISP, Marsters hopes to learn off the experienced forwards in the Tigers system such as Chris Lawrence.
â€œGoing up to the Intrust Super Premiership side has been really good for me, I was lucky enough for Paul Stringer to call me up a couple of times and Iâ€™ve enjoyed that challenge,” Marsters added.
â€œItâ€™s going to be massive having a full pre-season in the NRL squad and learning off guys like Chris Lawrence â€“ Iâ€™m really looking forward to taking a few things on board from experienced players like him.
â€œFor now though Iâ€™m focussed on finishing this year on a positive note with the Holden Cup team and leading into pre-season I want to start strong and really earn my stripes.”
The Tigers have always been a club that prides itself on junior development and appropriate junior pathways, with the club pleased to retain Marsters.
â€œEsan was really sought after and we are really proud that our development and pathways have seen him re-commit to Wests Tigers,â€ said Wests Tigers CEO, Justin Pascoe.
â€œWe continue to invest in our pathway programs and the development of our young talent.
â€œEsanâ€™s re-signing is another example of the Club being able to retain the talent that we develop.”
Not afraid to pick the young players, Wests Tigers NRL coach Jason Taylor echoed the sentiments of Pascoe and knows just how talented Marsters is.
â€œItâ€™s really exciting to have Esan stick around for a few more years,â€ Taylor said. â€œHe has been really impressive over the last couple of seasons in our development system.
â€œEsanâ€™s form in our Under 20s team this season has been really strong; he has a lot of talent and is working really hard to improve what he does on the field.
â€œHeâ€™s already had a taste of senior footy with our Intrust Super Premiership side, so I look forward to a really exciting future from him,â€ he said.