Young Tigers back-rower signs new deal at club

Josh Aloiai

After winning the club’s Rookie of the Year award, the Wests Tigers knew they had a special player in Josh Aloiai and they have acted swiftly to retain him by re-signing him to a two-year deal.

Re-signing with the Tigers was an easy decision as he received his first major opportunity at the club.

“I feel really blessed to be able to sign on with Wests Tigers until the end of 2019,” Aloiai said.

“I’m just really thankful because I honestly love coming to training every day, I love turning up with the players and the staff at the Club; so, I’m just happy that I get to be here for a little bit longer.

“It’s a privilege to be able to live my dream (of playing first grade) – the players that we have here have pretty much become my brothers and we also have quality staff at the Club – they really make playing footy more enjoyable.”

Exceeding his own expectations last year, Aloiai wants to improve even further in 2017.

“Last year definitely exceeded all my expectations, I’m just really thankful for the opportunity and I want build off those games in 2017,” he added.

“I’m still just as hungry to keep trying my best, obviously with great players and staff around me I’m really looking forward to that journey.”

Head coach Jason Taylor praised Aloiai for his on-field form and his off-field persona.

“We are enormously happy to have Josh commit to the Club,” Taylor said.

“He is an absolutely superb person, first and foremost, from the way he carries himself around the place, to the way he trains and his values, we are very lucky to have him.”

Taylor is also excited at the improvement left in Aloiai and looks forward to watching him develop as a player.

“On the field, he had a great season in 2016 and played every game – we are looking for improvement on that and so is he,” Taylor added.

“We are really excited about what he can do on the field going forward.”

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