Mahe Fonua has signed a new 12-month extension with Castleford Tigers as the centre hopes to be fighting for silverware with the club in 2023.
The Super League side have triggered a one-year extension in Fonua’s contract that will keep him at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for next season.
A further third-year option to retain Fonua’s services at Castleford remains in the club’s favour.
Fonua, 29, was ever-present in his first year with the club under Lee Radford. He featured in all 29 matches, scoring five tries and assisting four more.
Mahe Fonua fighting for silverware
“I’m really excited. It was an easy choice for me and I’m very grateful that the club felt the same way,” Fonua said.
“I feel like I’ve found my feet again and got that fire in my belly again here at Castleford. I’m thrilled to be here for another year and hopefully we can have plenty more good moments together.
“Going into 2023 I hope to have a consistent year and we’ll be fighting to get some silverware.”
Head coach Radford added: “The biggest compliment I can pay to Mahe is that previously you would get an eight out of ten performance from him but then a three out of ten the week after.
“I think he is a steady seven and a half every week. I think that is a credit to him for the work he’s doing off the field, and how settled he feels at the club as well.
“Personally, I really enjoy working with Mahe, always have.
“I’m really glad personally that we are getting the best out of him. He’s a recognisable character.
“I think he is a known face in Super League, you name Mahe Fonua to a rugby fan 90% would know who he is. He’s been really good for Castleford, and I think Castleford has been really good for him.”