It should come as no surprise that Viliame Kikau made such a smooth transition into the first-grade arena, given how talented he is and how highly regarded he was by both North Queensland Cowboys fans initially and now Penrith Panthers fans.
A young, hulking front-rower, Kikau impressed and performed well, prompting the club to sign him up for a further two seasons.
In the end, the Panthers gave him an opportunity and since taking it with both hands, Kikau is both grateful to the club and keen to take further strides in his career.
“I’m really excited to re-commit to the club and I’m very thankful for the Panthers giving me this opportunity,” Kikau said.
“I know there are challenges ahead but I am looking forward to them.”
Equally pleased, as expected, are the club themselves, who are well aware of Kikau, his ability and his potential to become an even better player.
“We are delighted Viliame has committed to another two seasons with the Panthers,” Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.
“Viliame has outstanding potential and is a very popular member of our club.
“His best football is undoubtedly in front of him and we look forward to his future development.”