Worried at one point that he may move away, Brisbane Broncos fans can rest easy with Jordan Riki to remain at the club.
Riki’s new deal with the Broncos will see him remain at Red Hill for a further three seasons.
An emerging back-rower in the Broncos ranks, many are hoping he can become a similar player to David Fifita.
Riki, who has been with the Broncos since he was 14, made his NRL debut last season, earning a spot in the Maori All-Stars side as well.
Riki now calls the Broncos club his home and he could not see himself playing anywhere else.
“I’m very excited and I can’t wait to rip in for the next three years,” Riki said.
“I’ve made a lot of close friends here at the Broncos – I call them family now – so I’m really comfortable here and I’m just so grateful to be staying.
“I’ve worked my butt off trying to get here and this was my dream and I’m so glad that can stay at this great club.”
Determined to be the best player he can be, Riki wants to work hard for the Broncos, the coaches, and the fans.
It’s really exciting and every time I get to the stadium I have to pinch myself and remind myself that I’m a Bronco,” Riki continued.
“I really want to work hard for the fans and my family and the people upstairs at the club behind the scenes, as well as my teammates and (coach) Kevie (Walters) and the coaching staff – it’s just really exciting to be here for the next three years.”
Former Broncos star Petero Civoniceva, who is working in a mentor-type role at the club, is pleased that he has had the chance to work with Riki.
“I’m excited to watch his career develop but at the same time to surround him with some people like myself, and other former players and the great staff that we have here at the Broncos to provide the support he needs as he starts his NRL career,” Civoniceva said.
Civoniceva also had a glowing endorsement for Riki and how he has performed.
“He’s got a great work ethic, he trains extremely hard and he was super impressive in the preseason, then carried that through into the season proper with some really good performances, it’s great news for the club moving forward,” Civoniceva continued.