David Fusitua of the Warriors.
David Fusitua of the Warriors. DAVID ROWLAND

Warriors re-sign boom youngster

DAVID Fusitua has signed a new deal with the Warriors that will keep him at Mt Smart until the end of this decade.

The 21-year-old was one of the most impressive performers over the previous season, making his mark across the backline despite a disappointing season for the club.

He has been rewarded with a new extension to his current contract, which means he is signed up until the end of the 2019 season.

There are only a handful of players at the club with such long-term deals, including fellow youngsters Solomone Kata and Bunty Afoa.

Fusitua scored 11 tries in 18 appearances, including doubles in home wins over Penrith and Brisbane, and a memorable four-try haul against the Knights in the 50-14 demolition in Newcastle in round 14. Fusitua also contributed three try assists and 16 line breaks.

The Marist Saints junior underlined his versatility this year with seven games on the wing, seven matches at fullback and four appearances at centre.

His strong form at club level was rewarded on Tuesday with an international call-up, being named in David Kidwell's Kiwis squad for the upcoming Four Nations. Fusitua also represented Tonga in the Pacific Test against Samoa earlier this year.

Fusitua made his first-grade debut against the Dragons in round two of the 2014 season. He has played 33 games for the Warriors since then, scoring 20 tries.


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