during the round 12 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Mt Smart Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Warriors front rower Chris Satae has signed a contract extension with New Zealand, tying him to the cub until the end of the 2021 season.

The 25-year old made his NRL debut last season for the Warriors but established his role off the bench this season, set to play his 11th game against Brisbane.

“Chris has made big strides this season and has really settled into his role with the NRL side lately,” Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan told warriors.kiwi.

“He attracted interest from other clubs, but we were committed to ensuring he stayed with us.

“This is just reward for the work he has put in since coming into our system, developing his game in the Intrust Super Premiership side and taking it up to the next level in the NRL. What we really like about Chris is that there’s still plenty of improvement in him.”

Satae was thrilled with the contract extension, validating his hard work over the past two seasons.

“I’m really excited knowing I’m going to be here for another three seasons,” Satae told warriors.kiwi.

“I’m enjoying my time with the players and the coaching staff and I’m really grateful to everyone for the way they’ve helped me.”

In other news, Warriors centre Anthony Gelling is set to move back to the Super League at the end of the season after signing with Widnes Vikings.

“We’ve really enjoyed having Anthony in our squad this season,” Warriors general manager of football Brian Smith told warriors.kiwi. 

“It’s been great seeing him achieve his goal of playing in the NRL. He has added to our depth and given us experience but now has the chance to return to the Super League.

“He’ll leave with our best wishes and thanks for his contribution but there’s still a lot of football ahead of him this season before he finishes up.”