Tuesday, January 31, 2023

David Nofoaluma signs up for Wests Tigers with four-year extension: report

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Dally M’s winger of the year, David Nofoaluma, has re-signed the Wests Tigers by signing a four-year extension that will keep him at Concord until the end of 2025.

Nofoaluma had a dominant 2020 season for the Tigers, scoring 17 tries in 20 NRL games and winning the club’s Best and Fairest Kelly-Barnes Award.

The Suds were looking to lure the star away from the Tigers after club and Nofoaluma agent Sam Ayoub clashed over the head during the deal. The club wanted to sign the 27-year-old for a three-year contract until the end of 2024, but Ayoub has been pushing for a four-year contract, according to Fox Sports.

The out-of-contract winger has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Eels to replace Blake Ferguson at the end of the year, but he will remain at Wests after enjoying his best season in the NRL under coach Michael Maguire’s last year.

Maguire is slowly shaping the roster the way he likes it after inheriting Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer, Ben Matulino and Moses Mbye all signed important long-term deals when he became a coach in 2018.

With the future of Nofoaluma sorted out now and with a new future pack that includes people like James Tamou, Joe Ofahengaue, and Stefano Utoikamanu, the Tigers take on a new look.

Mix up the change in the halves which will see Adam Doueihi play five-eighth, Joey Leilua and James Roberts in crosses, Maguire’s vision begins to take shape.


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