PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Viliame Kikau of the Panthers is tackled during the round 18 NRL match between the Panthers and the Sharks at Panthers Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Viliame Kikau has committed his long-term future to the Panthers, after signing a contract extension that will keep him in Penrith until at least the end of the 2022 season.

The forward has played 25 games for the Panthers over the past two seasons, after joining the club from North Queensland, following an impressive stint in the National Youth Competition.

Kikau scored 32 tries from 42 games in the NYC, before switching to the Panthers and making his NRL debut in Round 2, 2017.

The front rower is thrilled to be continuing his career at the Panthers.

“It’s very exciting to know I’ll be at Panthers for the next few years,” Kikau told

“There are so many talented players at the club and I really enjoy their company.

“It was a big decision to re-sign and I made it with the full support of my family, which is most important to me.

“I know this is just the beginning and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

Penrith’s Executive General Manager Phil Gould spoke on the re-signing, and is excited to have one of the “most promising forwards” in the competition locked in long-term.

“Viliame is an incredible young man,” Gould told the club’s website.

“His story is a source of inspiration for all youngsters who dream of playing in the NRL, not the least of which will be the many young kids from his homeland in Fiji.

“We are very lucky to have him at our club as ‘Billy’ has now established himself as one of the most promising forwards in the NRL.

“We are excited and so grateful he has agreed to extend his contract with Panthers.”

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