A quick, pacey player that always entertains fans, Philip Sami has ignored rival overtures to re-sign with the Gold Coast Titans.
With 42 NRL games to his name so far, Sami’s new deal will see him stay until the end of 2022.
With several clubs aware of his ability and wanting to sign, a new era under coach Justin Holbrook convinced him to stay.
“Obviously, I had decisions to make in the off-season and the start of the pre-season,” Sami said.
“I went back to the family, and they are very happy that I am staying home.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity that Justin has given me.
“Hopefully I can make the most of it here.”
Sami was honest and forthright with the whole process, keeping the club in the loop.
“On the off-season, I had other clubs chasing me, and pretty much in the last two weeks my manager went back to the Titans – as in Ezra (Recruitment Manager Ezra Howe) and Justin – and told them the situation I was in.
“I was thankful that the Titans came back with an offer.
“For me, choosing to stay home is a big part of what I want to do here. I know this club has a big future, so I wanted to be a part of it.”
In addition to Holbrook’s new tenure, having family close by made the decision easier.
“You have the plus side of having family here, and friends here that I have known for a long time,” he said.
“So staying home was big part of my plans, and I am very grateful that the Titans gave me an opportunity to do that.”