MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: Elijah Taylor of the Tigers offloads during the round 16 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers at AAMI Park on June 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Wests Tigers have announced the re-signing of experienced lock forward Elijah Taylor for a further two seasons.

The 26-year-old joined the Club mid-year from the Penrith Panthers and was integral part of the Wests Tigers’ strong finish to the 2016 season.

Taylor has played a total of 121 NRL games since making his debut for the New Zealand Warriors in 2011, including 15 games for Wests Tigers after joining the Club in May.

The Otahuhu Leopards junior has also represented New Zealand on 10 occasions and was named in the Kiwis’ Four Nations train-on squad after an impressive finish to 2016.

Taylor said he was pleased to have his immediate future finalised and expressed his excitement in securing his contract through until the end of the 2018 season.

“I’m really happy to have extended my contract with Wests Tigers,” Taylor said. “It’s a great Club, there’s a lot of potential and some really great young players here.

“Staying at Wests Tigers was something that I’d wanted to do for a while, so it’s good to have that all sorted now.

“It didn’t take me too long to settle in here at the Club, the boys were all really welcoming and the coaching staff really believed in me and supported me.

“I really enjoyed that aspect and it made my transition so much easier, so to now get a pre-season under my belt with the team will really help going into 2017," he said.

“It’s been really eye-opening to play with some of these young guys, they have a lot of confidence and their enthusiasm really rubs off on you as an older player.

“It’s really important for us to get the hard work done now, roll up the sleeves and prepare well for the upcoming season,” he said.

Wests Tigers 2023 Player Movements

2023 Gains
Apisai Koroisau (Penrith Panthers, 2025), Justin Matamua (2024), Isaiah Papali'i (Parramatta Eels, 2025)
2023 Losses
Luciano Leilua (North Queensland Cowboys), Thomas Mikaele (Warrington Wolves), Kelma Tuilagi (Manly Sea Eagles)
Alex Twal (2024)
Off Contract 2022
Austin Dias, Luke Garner, William Kei, Jock Madden, Rua Ngatikaura, Henry O'Kane, James Roberts, Tommy Talau, James Tamou, Brandon Tumeth

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