He is 18 years old and has played only four NRL games, but the North Queensland Cowboys rate boom forward Jason Taumalolo so highly they have made moves to sign him until the end of 2015.
The prodigiously talented forward’s contract expires next season and the Cowboys have already begun negotiating with his management to extend him long term.
But the club will have a fight on its hands to retain Taumalolo. It is understood two other clubs are chasing his signature.
Cowboys coach Neil Henry said he wanted the 110kg monster to become a first-grade regular next year.
Henry said he had recently been in the ear of the 191cm Auckland native about staying with the club, which he was signed to as a 15-year-old.
“I’ve been in his ear, trying to get him to commit to the Cowboys,” Henry said.
“He’s a young player we hope stays with us for a long time – the same with Tariq Sims, who we re-signed recently.”
Taumalolo’s manager Chris Orr confirmed his charge was hopeful of securing a three-year deal with the Cowboys.