NRL: Centre Adam Pompey extends stay with NZ Warriors

  • 20/05/2021

NZ Warriors centre Adam Pompey has extended his contract with the club through until the end of the 2023 NRL season.

The 22-year-old has worked his way through the ranks to cement himself as a regular first-grader for the Warriors this season, after a breakthrough season in 2020.

"I'm really grateful to be with the club long-term," says Pompey. "Looking back to when I first signed, I'm happy with the progress I've been able to make.

"I've just kept fighting to try to get a spot in the team. Now I have to try to hold onto it."

After making his debut against Cronulla Sharks in Wellington in 2019, Pompey has recorded 26 appearances for the Warriors, running in 11 tries at an average of 119 metres per game.

"Adam has progressed really well and established himself as an NRL player this season," says Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

"He's found his home at left centre and over the last five weeks or so he has taken a big step forward as an NRL player."

Pompey was initially picked up by the Sydney Roosters, before joining the Warriors for the 2018-2019 offseason.

"Adam's a great story for our club," says Warriors recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan.

"He came on a train and trial deal, progressed to a development player, then top squad now he's an established NRL player.

NRL: Centre Adam Pompey extends stay with NZ Warriors
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"I'm really proud of his development as a player and person and we're looking forward to him becoming a dominant centre for us in the future. 

"He is now showing the confidence to match the better centres in our game."

The Warriors have also locked up promising teenage hooker Taniela Otukolo to the end of the 2024 season.

The 18-year-old has been named to the extended bench as cover for five games so far this year, having impressed for feeder club Redcliffe Dolphins.

"He's eager to learn and is always working hard on his game," says Brown. 

"I'm sure we will see him in our game day 17 at some stage if he keeps working hard on the basics."

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