There were reports linking him elsewhere but the Gold Coast Titans have held onto emerging prop Moeaki Fotuaika.
Fotuaika, who has come into his own in the last 18 months, has been one of the Titans’ most consistent players.
His new deal will see him remain at the Titans until the end of 2024 and at just 21, Fotuaika can stamp his authority to become one of the game’s elite forwards.
With 75 NRL games to his name to date, Fotuaika, a local Gold Coast junior, is excited at what the club is building under coach Justin Holbrook.
“I’m definitely excited to extend my time here on the Gold Coast until 2024,” Fotuaika said.
“I’ve got a lot of close mates here that I went to school with and some mates at the Titans that I’ll call best friends forever.
“We’ve got a good coaching staff here, I’m really enjoying it and I’m really enjoying training and playing.
“I’m thrilled that I’ll be staying here and I know that we’ve got some good years coming.”
The club knows how important it was to retain Fotuaika and are especially pleased to keep him given his ties to the Gold Coast community.
“Moeaki is a wonderful young player and person and we’re very happy that he’s committed to our club.
“He is a great example to local juniors on the pathway that the Titans offer.
“He grew up in the region, went to school at Keebra Park State High School, progressed through the Titans Junior System and into NRL and then on to representative honours.”
Holbrook went on to praise Fotuaika’s work ethic and knows that he has the potential to get even better.
“His work rate and effort are exceptional and he is the type of player that teammates love playing with,” Holbrook continued.
“Moeaki has already had a wonderful career at the Titans, claiming the Paul Broughton Medal in 2019, and over the next three seasons I’m excited about where he can take his game.”