General Warriors re-sign Tuimavave

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The NZ Warriors have re-signed Evarn Tuimavave to a three-year contract ensuring the prop will stay with the club until the end of the 2009 NRL season.

Tuimavave, who turns 22 on June 28, had attracted interest from other clubs but said he'd always wanted to extend his stay with the Warriors.

"This is the club that gave me a start in the NRL and Auckland is home so that was a big attraction to stay," he said.

"I'm really enjoying my football this year and feel I'm making progress after being given an opportunity by Ivan (Cleary) and John (Ackland).

"There's a good feeling around the club and the future looks good."

Tuimavave, whose uncle is Warriors original Tony Tuimavave, is in his fifth season as an NRL player but has established himself at first-grade level only this year.

Head coach Ivan Cleary said the young prop had made the most of the opportunities handed to him this year.

"There was an opening for Evarn to establish himself as an important part of the squad and he's done that," he said.

"He has an important part to play in the club's future as we look to develop a side to take us forward. I'm thrilled he's staying here.

"The best thing for Evarn is that he's learning from two of the best props in the game in Steve Price and Ruben Wiki.

"When they finish up, he's in an ideal position to be able to step in as a first-choice prop. It's now up to him to continue making improvements to his game."

Signing the off-contract Tuimavave ahead of the June 30 anti-tampering deadline adds to a long list of players who have signed new or extended contracts with the Warriors in the last two months.

Experienced Ruben Wiki and Tony Martin have agreed terms to lengthen their stays while emerging first-graders Manu Vatuvei, Simon Mannering and Grant Rovelli have long-term deals to remain in Auckland. Also signed is 21-year-old Sydney Roosters utility Aidan Kirk.

"We are trying to build depth in our squad and we're also looking to continue the process of recruiting young players and developing them into first graders. We're making good progress in those areas," said Cleary.

Tuimavave makes his 40th NRL appearance when the Warriors face Newcastle at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.

While he made his debut late in the successful 2002 season, he was used only sparingly as an interchange forward until this year, accumulating just 26 games and a mere two last year.

This year he has played all 13 of the club's matches and has also had the experience of starting in first grade games for the first time. With the increased exposure has come more playing minutes and impressive statistics; he has averaged 22 tackles and almost 13 hit-ups a game this season while he has also scored three tries and created others.
 

warriors4life_old

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Yes, I was wondering if we would actually get him and am so glad we did.
 

AmeriKiwi_old

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Wayne and the boys at management are slowly, but surely, building a young, talented team of future winners... I like they way they`re quietly building the winning NRL team of tomorrow.
 

Iafeta_old

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Magnificent! I'm very happy for Evarn and the club - he has totally come good this year. So much more potential. I'd love for him to filful his potential here as a one club man. Good on him!
 

warrior_girl81_old

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thats awesome!!! im loving this team at the moment. its building to be more and more solid for the future. YAY!!!
 

Jesbass_old

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Fantastic news!!! *does the happy dance*

Not too sure about Evarn's Zoolander impression, though, lol... :lol:
 

D Generation X_old

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excellent im very happy for him and for the club

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GO THE WARRIORS!
 

sebastian_old

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Can i get a AMEN, i said can i get a AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now if we get mcinion, were in business, this is a miracle, we hav't a good lost a player to england. I only wish he was signed to 2010, but we musn't be greedy. Man am i stoked.Yahoo!!
 

warriors4life_old

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Jesbass said:
Fantastic news!!! *does the happy dance*

Not too sure about Evarn's Zoolander impression, though, lol... :lol:

Haha, I think it's his new look, Magnum.
 

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