Super League: Macgraff Leuluai signs new deal with Widnes Vikings
Last Updated: 25/06/13 2:21pm
Macgraff Leuluai tackles Chris Heil of Hull KR in Super League earlier this season
Macgraff Leuluai has signed a new two-year deal with the Widnes Vikings, tying him to the club until the end of the 2015 season.
Leuluai has been a member of the Vikings squad since 2011 when he was a member of the Championship All-Star team and did enough to earn a Super League contract.
The 23-year-old second-rower has made nine appearances so far this season, scoring one try, and he is delighted with his new contract.
"I came over initially to live with my brother, and to have at a crack at making a success of it as a player. I'm still enjoying my time over here and I'm excited and pleased to have been offered the opportunity to stay at the club."
"I'm happy to sign for another two years at Widnes. Individually and as a team, we are working hard and learning each day," Leuluai said.
"By the end of this contract, I will have been in this country for seven years, which is definitely longer than I ever thought I'd be here.
"I came over initially to live with my brother, and to have at a crack at making a success of it as a player. I'm still enjoying my time over here and I'm excited and pleased to have been offered the opportunity to stay at the club.
"I've got a lot more growing to do and I'm really looking forward to doing this, in a Widnes jersey.
"It's a good time to be at the club and the only way is up for us. We've progressed massively from last year and if we continue to do that at a similar rate, then we will certainly be there or thereabouts over the next couple of years."
Meanwhile, Widnes will be without hooker or half-back Lloyd White for about 10 weeks due to an injury to his left ankle he sustained in the 32-28 win at Bradford.
The former Crusaders player, who has missed only one game for the Vikings so far this year, is expected to recover in time to be named in the Wales squad for the World Cup.