THE Sea Eagles have announced that hulking forward Addin Fonua-Blake has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a memorable first season on the Northern Beaches and has been rewarded with a new deal that will see him remain in Manly until the end of the 2018 season.
Coach Trent Barrett believes Fonua-Blake will play a big role for the club going forward after working his way into the side in the second half of last season.
“The contract extension is a good reward for Addin. He still has a lot of hard work to do, but we were happy to extend his deal,” said Barrett.
“Addin is a big skilful player who gives us plenty of muscle up front. He is doing really well and we are pleased to have him with us.”
After being named in the Kiwi train-on squad for the 2016 Four Nations tournament, Fonua-Blake is looking forward to progressing with his career at Manly.
“I am really enjoying playing at Manly. The extension gives me a chance to further develop my game by working with experienced forwards like Martin Taupau and Nate Myles,” said Fonua-Blake.
“My goal over this pre-season is to get fitter and stronger, so I can really hit the ground running in round one against Parramatta at Brookvale Oval. I want to be in the team for our first Sunday home game of the season.
“I also want to be more consistent. You can’t put in a 100 per cent effort one game, then 50 per cent the next. It shows on the field.”