Earning his way into the Penrith Panthers side after a sound RLWC campaign for Fiji, Viliame Kikau has not looked back.
The 23-year old Fijian made an immediate impression and has been a mainstay of the Penrith side for most of 2018.
Whether starting or on the bench, the back-rower’s new deal will see him stay with the club until the end of the 2022 season.
“It’s very exciting to know I’ll be at Panthers for the next few years,” Kikau said.
“There are so many talented players at the club and I really enjoy their company.
“It was a big decision to re-sign and I made it with the full support of my family, which is most important to me.
“I know this is just the beginning and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”
A proud Fijian, Kikau’s career started out with the North Queensland Cowboys.
In that time, he played Holden Cup for the team and amassed an incredible 32 tries in 42 games, a rare feat for a forward.
Joining the Panthers in 2016, Kikau went from strength to strength as a player.
Knowing his upbringing and now his present form, the club are pleased to retain him.
“Viliame is an incredible young man,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.
“His story is a source of inspiration for all youngsters who dream of playing in the NRL, not the least of which will be the many young kids from his homeland in Fiji.
“We are very lucky to have him at our club as ‘Billy’ has now established himself as one of the most promising forwards in the NRL.
“We are excited and so grateful he has agreed to extend his contract with Panthers.”