Salford Red Devils contract news: International powerhouse lands new deal, earns praise from club bosses

Drew Darbyshire
King Vuniyayawa, Salford Red Devils, NRL

Fiji powerhouse King Vuniyayawa has committed his future to Salford Red Devils by signing a new two-year deal with the Super League club.

The 28-year-old has made 41 appearances for the Red Devils since arriving from Leeds ahead of the 2022 campaign.

Vuniyayawa has won seven caps for his native Fiji, representing his homeland in last year’s World Cup.

The Fijian front-rower was out of contract at the end of the season – but he has now put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him remain at the Salford Stadium until at least the end of 2025.

Vuniyayawa said: “I am really excited to extend my stay here at Salford and I’m looking forward to what we can build at this club in the future.”

Salford Red Devils coach pleased to retain services of King Vuniyayawa

Vuniyayawa made five appearances in the NRL for New Zealand Warriors in 2020 before making the switch to England with Leeds the following season.

He played 16 games for the Rhinos before making the move across the Pennines to link up with Salford.

Vuniyayawa has previously revealed to Love Rugby League about his ambitions to have a second crack at the NRL one day – but it won’t be any time soon after penning a fresh-two year contract with the Red Devils.

On retaining the powerhouse prop, Salford coach Paul Rowley said: “It is great to retain the services of King and we look forward to helping him reach his potential in Salford colours.

“Retaining players like King is a good start to us building a competitive squad for next year and beyond.”

Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “It is great news we have been able to extend King’s contract until 2025.

“Ever since his debut, we have seen him develop immensely under the current coaching staff and I know he is well-respected by his team-mates and all the staff.

“I look forward to seeing the next step in his journey and I am delighted that will be in a Red Devils shirt.”

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