Coming into his own in 2021, the South Sydney Rabbitohs knew keeping Keaon Koloamatangi was a must.
Fast forward to today and the Rabbitohs have done just that, with Koloamatangi re-signing until the end of 2024.
Still only 23, Koloamatangi was one of the most consistent performers in 2021 and has the potential to be even better in 2022.
With 37 NRL games to his name so far including a grand final appearance, Koloamatangi wants to stay at the Rabbitohs for as long as possible.
“Souths is my junior club and I want to stay here for as long as I can,” Koloamatangi said.
“We made the Grand Final this year and that experience has made me hungrier than ever to win a premiership.
“I think we have an opportunity to do that here in the short term with the players and the coaches we have and I want to be part of helping this Club win its 22nd premiership.”
Koloamatangi himself is also keen to both set and achieve goals over the next few years at the Rabbitohs.
“I love this club,” Koloamatangi said.
“I feel comfortable here and I know the club has my best interests at heart which makes me want to do my best every chance I get to represent Souths.
“I’m achieving some of my personal goals here too and I’m ready to take my game to the next level next season.”
Rabbitohs Head of Football Mark Ellison knew that retaining Koloamatangi was an easy decision.
“We see Keaon as one of the cornerstones of not just our forward pack, but of our Club, over the next decade so rewarding him with a further contract extension made sense,” Ellison said.