NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Kevin Naiqama of the Tigers runs the ball during the round 17 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Wests TIgers at McDonald Jones Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

The Wests Tigers have today confirmed the re-signing of Kevin Naiqama for the coming season.

The new agreement will see Naiqama remain at Wests Tigers until at least the end of the 2018 NRL season.

Naiqama has taken to the field 69 times for Wests Tigers since joining the club for the start of the 2015 season.

The 28-year-old said he was pleased to be extending his time at Wests Tigers into a fourth season.

“I really like where the club is heading, the football that we’ve been playing under Ivan over the last month or so shows what we can do when we’re competing for the whole 80 minutes,” said Naiqama. “I love the direction that the club is heading, with got some big signings coming for next year and I just wanted to be a part of that.

“It’s been great to be able to be here for the last couple of years. I love the club, this year is my third here and I’m stoked to be able to extend my stay at Wests Tigers,” he said.

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary said he looked forward to working with Naiqama over the coming season.

“Kevin has shown great versatility for the team this year covering a number of positions and has handled himself exceptionally well,” said Cleary.

“He continues to work tirelessly on his game and I look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a player in the coming year.”

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said Naiqama’s impact on the club extends beyond what he does on the field.

“Time and time again we’ve seen that Kevin is an outstanding young man who continues to put the team and organisation before himself,” said Pascoe.

“In recent weeks some of his work outside of the game has come into the spotlight and we’re proud to have him as a part of the Wests Tigers.

“We’re building a very strong squad here and the re-signing of Kevin is another part of that.”

Wests Tigers 2021 Player Movements

2021 Gains
Shawn Blore (Penrith Panthers, 2021), Asu Kepaoa (Sydney Roosters, 2022), Stefano Utoikamanu (Parramatta Eels, 2023)
2021 Losses
Harry Grant (Melbourne Storm), Paul Momirovski, Corey Thompson (Gold Coast Titans)
Re-Signed
Luke Garner (2022), Tommy Talau (2022), Alex Twal (2022)
Off Contract 2020
Oliver Clark, Matthew Eisenhuth, Robert Jennings, Chris Lawrence, Benji Marshall, Sam McIntyre, Chris McQueen, Alex Seyfarth, Dylan Smith, Elijah Taylor

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