Tigers re-sign Nofoaluma on long-term deal

Pamela Whaley
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David Nofoaluma has resisted the urge to chase success at another NRL club with the fan favourite re-signing with the Wests Tigers on a four-year deal.

The 27-year-old winger was open to offers on the NRL market and attracted plenty of interest from rivals before putting pen to paper with his junior club this week.

It's a huge boost for the Tigers and a show of loyalty from one of their biggest stars, who is desperate to play finals football with the club.

In eight seasons of NRL Nofoaluma is yet to play finals, but his re-signing is a show of faith that the Tigers are moving in the right direction under coach Michael Maguire.

"This really is the only club for me and I'm really pleased to be staying on at Wests Tigers," Nofoaluma said.

"I've only ever wanted to play for Wests Tigers and I can't thank the club, the members and the fans enough for their support for me over the years.

"Pulling on the Wests Tigers jersey has always been a huge honour for me and I'm really excited that it's something I get to do for many years to come.

"I'm determined to ensure our members and fans are rewarded with the success they deserve and I can't wait to help play my part in making that happen."

His retention adds to the recent signings of former Penrith captain James Tamou, former Origin centre James Roberts and Queensland prop Joe Ofahengaue.

Nofoaluma was one of the hottest finishers in 2020, scoring 17 tries in 20 games for the club.

Across 139 games for the Tigers he has scored 74 tries and is almost certain to become the club's highest tryscorer across the next four years, overtaking Chris Lawrence and Benji Marshall on 84 tries each.

"He has worked extremely hard at his game to continue to improve not only himself but the team as a whole and has grown into one of the senior players at Wests Tigers," Maguire said.

"David has a tremendous love for the club but, more importantly, has a determined desire for it to be successful and continues to work extremely hard to make that happen.

"I'm really looking forward to watching him continue to improve over the coming years and play a leading role in the success of this club moving forward."