Sam Tagataese has signed a one-year contract extension with the Brisbane Broncos in hopes he can elevate his game to another level.
Tagataese didn't have a great start to life as a Bronco in 2018 after making the switch from Cronulla, only managing four appearances for the club.
However, the 2016-premiership winner's strong work ethic, along with his reliability and experience around the young forwards at Brisbane helped convince the club to re-sign him for 2019.
The 31-year old told broncos.com.au he has challenged himself to make his next NRL campaign one of the best in his career.
"Season 2018 wasn't what I wanted it to be," Tagataese said.
"I've been given the opportunity again so I am really grateful for that.
"I can't leave knowing I didn't put everything in.
"Even though I have been in the game for a long time 2018 was a learning stage for me.
"Coming into the Broncos really opened my eyes a lot about myself.
"It really gave me a sense of that I want to put in a lot more - just to challenge myself and see where that can take me."
The 172-gamer believes building consistency in his game will help him make a big impact for the Broncos rather than being a middle-of-the-road veteran forward.
With the retirement of Sam Thaiday, Tagataese jokes he has two new roles to take up at the club in 2019- being the oldest member of the squad, and carrying on the nickname 'Sammy T'.
Tagataese said he would be a different kind of 'Sammy T' compared to the jokester which was Thaiday.
"I've got some big shoes to fill," Tagataese laughed.
"He is going to be missed - he is a larrikin and that is something I can't imitate.
"I am just going to have to be myself - but there is a new 'Sammy T' coming in.
"Hopefully I can promote some positive influence around the squad for 2019."
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