Samoa star Tim Lafai commits long-term future to Salford

Drew Darbyshire
Tim Lafai Samoa PA

Samoa international centre Tim Lafai has signed a new three-year deal with Salford that will see him stay with the Red Devils until 2025.

The 31-year-old linked up with Salford ahead of last season, making 25 appearances. An impressive season with the Red Devils saw him named in the 2022 Super League Dream Team.

And his remarkable year was topped off by a call-up to the Samoa squad for the World Cup. He helped his country reach their first-ever Rugby League World Cup final.

After extending his contract, Lafai had a short message for the Red Devils faithful: “Salford, Uncle loves you!”

Salford boss delighted to see Tim Lafai extend his stay

Red Devils coach Paul Rowley: “It’s great news that Tim has chosen to extend his stay with us.

“He is a tremendous player and more importantly a great friend and teammate to everybody. He’s been a joy to coach and a very positive influence to our environment.”

Salford director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “Tim has been a fantastic addition to the group since we brought him to our club.

“After some negotiations, it’s incredible news that we have agreed to extend his stay with us for three years.

“Tim was outstanding for us in our last Super League campaign; from playing a vital role in our run to the semi-finals, he now has his chance to become a significant player in our history.

“Alongside representing his country at the World Cup, his journey across 2022 is a true reflection of his determination and immense quality as a player. I can’t wait to welcome him back to the fold for pre-season and achieve big things in 2023.”

Lafai is Samoa’s all-time appearance holder, having won 18 caps.

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