2019 was somewhat of a memorable year for Daniel Saifiti; games galore and an Origin berth for NSW and the Newcastle Knights have rewarded him with a new deal.
Already signed for 2020, his contract extension will see one half of the Saifiti twins stay on until the end of 2022.
Although the Knights have a topsy turvy 2019 season under Nathan Brown, new coach Adam O’Brien is at the helm.
Saifiti is both keen to impress the new coach and grateful to the club for the opportunities.
“I’m so grateful for the faith the Club has shown in me,” Saifiti said.
“While there have been some tough times, we showed improvement this season and are getting better.
“We’ve signed some quality players in recent times and that has certainly helped with my development.”
Saifiti went on to say that he and his brother owe a lot to the Knights for taking a chance on them.
“I owe a lot to this club,” Saifiti continued.
“My brother Jacob and I came here as teenagers to play 20s and I’ve been living my dream ever since.
“We have something special here and a talented group of guys.
“I’m excited for what the future holds, not only for myself and my teammates but for our loyal fans. That’s why I re-signed.”
Sustained success and keeping a core together is the key and Knights CEO Philip Gardner praised the retention of Saifiti.
“Daniel is still only young but shows a maturity beyond his years,” Mr Gardner said.
“He’s a wonderful young man and exceptional player.
“This season we saw him take a giant step forward in developing into the player we all know he can become.
“His form deservedly saw him selected to play in two games for NSW in what was a successful State of Origin series.”