Speed, quickness and athletic ability. Cronulla Sharks winger Sione Katoa is blessed with those attributes and more.
His form has been such, that the Sharks have signed him until the 2023 season.
Having to work hard to become a mainstay of the side, Katoa’s acrobatic finishes have seen him impress many in 2020.
Although he will not play this week due to a chest injury, Katoa is pleased to have his future sorted.
“It’s very pleasing for myself and my young family that I’ve been able to re-sign with the Sharks and secure my future,” Katoa said.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far, especially this year in being able to become more consistent with my performances and I’m excited about the rest of this season and the next three years.
“Let’s hope I can score plenty more tries for the team and for the fans.”
Someone who knows Katoa better than most is current Sharks coach John Morris.
Morris also coached Katoa in the old Holden Cup competition and saw his talents there.
“It’s more exciting signing news for our club and I’m very happy that we have secured Sione for the next three years,” Morris said.
“I coached Sione in the Holden Cup when he joined our club in 2016 and his development and transition into a top line NRL winger is not only a great example of our Elite player pathway system but also an indication of his dedication and work ethic that has seen him become one of the top finishers in the NRL.”
Morris also praised Katoa’s finishing abilities as a testament to his position on the try-scoring tally.
“Sione’s ability to find the try line has always been a unique talent, one he’s had coming through the grades and it is very pleasing to see him currently amongst the highest try scorers in the competition,” Morris continued.