Warriors skipper inks new deal
Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has signed a new four-year deal with the Auckland club.
The 24-year-old has been the subject of speculation for months, with reports suggesting he would switch codes and target selection for New Zealand at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
However, the fullback agreed to terms with the team late last week and has now inked a lucrative new contract that will keep him at the Warriors until at least the end of the 2022 season.
He said his desire to bring success to the club was a big motivation, and sufficient for him to knock back a strong approach from New Zealand Rugby.
Tuivasa-Sheck, who has been with the club since 2016, was also being chased by a number of NRL clubs.
The Kiwi international has handed Stephen Kearney's side a boost ahead of next week's opening clash against South Sydney in Perth.
He said the contract "ticked a lot of boxes" for him as he looks forward to the next chapter of his life with his fiancée Ashley Walker.
"This is where I want to be in this stage of my life. I want to be in Auckland with my family and my partner Ashley and the opportunity to play footy and the challenge was here," he added.
"I like driving myself to meet a challenge and that's what's here at the Warriors. Unfortunately we haven't gone so well so that's really burning inside me to change that.”
Warriors chief executive Cameron George feels the length of the skipper's new contract sends an important message to supporters.
"We have one of the superstars of the game demonstrating to our fan base and corporate partners that he believes in what we're doing here," said George. "Roger has that burning desire for this club to succeed; he's passionate about doing it for our fanbase and really wants to lead us down a path where we all want to go.”
New Zealand Warriors are 7/5 to win their first game of the season against the Rabbitohs, who are 9/20.
The Warriors are 93/100 with a six-point start.
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