Pewhairangi wants to make Broncos stand-off spot his own

Ireland international Api Pewhairangi has signed a new one-year deal with London Broncos.

Pewhairangi, 25, has scored 22 tries in 33 appearances for the Broncos since arriving midway through the 2016 season.

He said: “I’m very happy to be staying. Obviously we fell short this year, and I’ve always had a personal goal for myself – I believe that London can get back to Super League, and I want to be here when that happens.

“I’ve played some good footy here the last couple of seasons, and I really want to knuckle down and own my position in the team, and help lead this team into the tough Championship competition next year.”

Pewhairangi, who features at stand off and centre, played for Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors in the NRL.

He is looking to make the stand-off spot his own in 2018, especially following the departure of William Barthau.

Coach Andrew Henderson said: “Api made an immediate impact when he first joined the club in 2016 and soon became a fan favourite. 

“He has a strong running game, and the ability to unlock defences with his footwork and can sniff out a try. 

“There were a few things stalling this deal, but I’m really pleased we have finally been able to retain him. With Barthau departing, it was even more important we had some continuity with our pivots.

“He has a decent skill set but still has a lot more improvement in him, and I can only see him getting better.”

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