Often a much maligned player by Penrith Panthers fans, Waqa Blake is slowly impressing many and has been rewarded with a new deal.
For Blake himself, he just could not see himself playing anywhere else.
“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to commit my future to the club,” Blake said.
“Panthers is home for me now and I really couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else.”
Fijian born, Blake had to work his way into the Penrith side and overcome the doubts of fans.
That work saw him draw praise from the club for his perseverance and tenacity.
“Waqa Blake is an outstanding young man and a tremendous success story for our club,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.
“He graduated from the Panthers development system to establish himself as an important member of our NRL team.”
Gould continued to praise Blake, going on to state him as a future representative player.
“Waqa is fast developing into one of the most dangerous attacking players in the NRL,” continued Gould.
“We firmly believe he is a representative player of the future and we are excited to know he will be with us for at least the next five seasons.”