By his own admission, 2016 was a tough season at the Dragons for Tim Lafai but as fans had hoped, he bucked the trend, reversed his fortunes and has become one of the club’s key players in 2017.
A gifted outside back in some of the best form of his career, the Dragons received a boost as Lafai announced that he would remain with the club until the end of the 2020 season.
The Samoan international has so far played in 29 NRL games for the Dragons and has scored five tries in the process, with the decision an easy one in the end.
“I’m excited to spend the next three years at the Dragons,” Lafai said.
“When you’re off-contract it’s always one of those things that sit in the back of your mind, so now I can just fully concentrate on doing my job for the Dragons.
“It’s really great to be able to sort out my future and focus wholly on footy now.”
A player of Tim’s calibre is always being looked at by rival clubs but the club praised his decision to stay and highlighted the fluidity of negotiations with Lafai.
“There were several clubs trying to sign Tim, but what was most evident in our negotiations was that he wanted to stay here,” said the Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways, Ian Millward.
“Tim is a true professional so we’re really excited to see him remain, not only because of his playing ability but because he’s a good family and clubman.”