Not a team to let their major players leave, the North Queensland Cowboys have re-signed key utility John Asiata despite overtures from rival clubs.
The new deal will see the utility stay on with the Cowboys until the end of the 2020 season.
Filling in at prop, back-row, lock and even halfback so far this season due to injuries, Asiata has impressed coach Paul Green and Cowboys fans consistently and is a fan favourite of many as a result.
Joining the club several years ago having previously played U20’s for the Sydney Roosters, Asiata is pleased to have his future sorted and wants to continue to play well and perform this year and in the future.
“I’ve loved every minute of my time at the Cowboys and am jumping out of my skin at what lies ahead,” Asiata said.
“All the coaches, the high-performance unit, the wider club, and of course our amazing members and fans have all combined to make my North Queensland experience truly memorable.
“I look forward to giving back by playing some good footy for the remainder of 2017 and into the future.”
Having also represented Samoa, the future for Asiata is bright and his utility value as well as his general play, are two traits that the club relish about him.
“John’s a quality footballer and a quality young man, attributes highly valued at the Cowboys,” said General Manager – Football Peter Parr.
“He was a key member of our premiership side in 2015 and since then has continued to work hard to improve his game.”