New Zealand Warriors have announced the re-signing of Addin Fonua-Blake to a new long-term contract.
The Tonga international extends his existing three-year contract on a new deal until the end of the 2026 season.
Fonua-Blake, 26, joined the Warriors for the 2021 season from Manly Sea Eagles. To date, he has won six caps for Tonga and one for New Zealand.
He made his debut in 2016 against Parramatta Eels.
“I love being here and I’m excited about what’s ahead of us,” said Fonua-Blake.
“My family also loves it here and we can’t wait to get over to New Zealand and really experience what the club is all about.
“We can’t wait to get over to New Zealand and really experience what the club is all about.
“It just made sense to me to commit for the long-term right now. I didn’t want the distraction of contract negotiations later this year. I wanted it all sorted out now so my focus can be on playing footy for this club.”
Fonua-Blake made 15 appearances in his debut year with New Zealand Warriors.
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“Having a player of Addin’s calibre for a further five years is absolutely huge for us,” said Warriors CEO Cameron George.
“While he has had just one season with us he wanted to settle his long-term future well in advance of his current deal.
“After just one season here he’s extremely motivated to be with us for many years to come. He’s excited about what we can do and wants to be heavily involved in taking us forward.”