27 Sep 2018

Warriors hook NRL interchange player of the year

10:53 am on 27 September 2018

The Warriors are a step closer to completing their roster make-up for the 2019 National Rugby League after star utility Jazz Tevaga agreed to stay at the Auckland club.

The club's chief executive Cameron George said the 23-year-old Tevaga would sign a two-year extension with the Auckland outfit, having turned down an earlier offer and been the subject of interest from at least three other clubs.

The news caps a big week for Tevaga, who was named interchange player of the year at the Dally M awards.

Warriors player Jazz Tevaga

Warriors player Jazz Tevaga Photo: Photosport

The award acknowledged a breakthrough season for the forward utility, who defied his relatively lightweight 88kg frame to regularly make an impact off the bench.

His work rate, footwork and offloading made him a force against bigger middle forwards in 19 interchange appearances.

It would have been more were it not for a mid-season health scare in which a potentially cancerous growth was removed from his shoulder.

Tevaga's re-signing will come shortly after the club agreed to release another Samoan international, halfback Mason Lino.

The only significant question mark over their 2019 roster is whether hooker Issac Luke will be retained.

Luke is weighing up a one-year offer, along with an approach from Newcastle, who this week snared the services of Lino.