After impressing the club and its fans, Jackson Hastings has opted for a further year with Super League side, the Salford Red Devils.
Arriving in July, his solid performances helped Salford finish first in the qualifiers and the club wanted to see more over a full season.
The decision was an easy one for Hastings, who lauded the fans and the club for how they have welcomed him.
“In the end, it was a pretty easy decision to be honest,” said Hastings.
“When I laid in bed at night weighing up my options, I really couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else over here.
“The amount of support the Club gave me through a tough time in my life, the love that I’ve got from the fans.”
Hastings also praised his team-mates who embraced his arrival.
“The respect I’ve got from the playing group is something that if I’d walked away from it I know I wouldn’t have been happy with,” the utility continued.
“I’m happy with my decision and hopefully we can kick on and have a good season next year.”
Just as pleased are the club, who know how valuable the former NRL player is to the club and their ambitions.
“Signing Jackson for the 2019 season is a great piece of business by the Club and a great piece of business for Super League as a whole,” said Salford head coach Ian Watson.
“His energy and enthusiasm around the Club and the boys is infectious and you can see in the games he’s played how it lifts people around him.”
Fitting in well with team dynamics, Watson continued to praise Hastings for his approach to the team and their play.
“We have always had effort and commitment from our team but Jackson has lifted the pressure and allowed others to just play and enjoy the game,” continued the Salford coach.
“Jackson wants to lead a team and be the dominant half and that fits perfectly within our team dynamics.
“I hope Jackson can continue to enjoy his football and show everyone over the next twelve months how good a signing he is.”