Ben Henry

He came through their youth system, made his debut at the club, and is set to remain a Warrior for the next few season – with New Zealand Warriors centre/back-rower Ben Henry, signing a new 3-year deal with the club.

At just 20 years old, Henry made his debut in Rd 1 of this season – and will see himself at the club until the end of 2015, with an option for 2016 in the Warriors favour.

Henry, who is a former U20’s captain of the Warriors side, said that the club’s confidence in him to lock up a new deal, was a big boost for him.

“Shucks, I just feel blessed, man. I’m just really humbled by what the club’s doing for me,” Henry said.

“I feel so blessed and humbled by the opportunity to play here, hopefully for three more years or so.

“It’s also really exciting for my footy career.”

Whilst it has been a while since Henry played centre, since his junior days to be exact – he is excelling in his partnership with Warriors veteran Manu Vatuvei, but thought he’d start the year playing for Auckland, not the Warriors.

“It gives me a lot of confidence that this club trusts me and is working hard to keep me here,” Henry said.

“I think I need to stick to what I do best. I need to keep turning up every week and the 12 other boys who are with me on the field, they are doing the same thing.

“I’m surprised by a lot of things. I’m surprised I’ve played this many games this year and I’m also surprised that the club has upgraded my contract.

“I’m just so thankful to this club and the coaching staff.

“It’s going to be great playing here with the boys I played with at under-20s level who have progressed to the first-grade team.

“It’s a good club and I’d like to stay here long-term.”

With Henry performing out of his skin, and perhaps better than anyone would have thought – it was Henry’s agent Stan Martin who thought that now would be the best time to organise a new deal for his client.

“I personally felt that he had exceeded expectations this year and, because I knew the level of his current contract, I felt he was deserving of an upgrade,” Martin said.

“He exceeded everything anyone had thought about and I felt that because of that, he needed to go on to a different contract.

“Sure enough, the Warriors agreed with me and came up with a three-year deal, or, if you include the option, a four-year deal.”

By ricky

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