NZ Warriors have re-signed back rower Josh Curran until the end of the 2023 NRL season.
Since joining the squad this season, the 22-year-old has made an undeniable impact on the Warriors pack, where he's been a significant presence with his high-motored power running, handy offload game and physical brand of defence, sprinkled with a touch of mongrel.
Head coach Nathan Brown says Curran has made significant strides in the busiest season of his career so far, during which he's been one of the team's most improved players.
"Josh is a player of immense talent, who is starting to deliver on the promise he has shown since his junior days," says Brown.
“He's worked hard on his game and has shown, with the right commitment, he is an NRL player. He now needs to build on his performances this year and establish himself as a NRL starter.
"That's his challenge and he will decide how good an NRL player he will be, which is exciting for everyone at the club."
The Sydney native made his NRL debut with Sydney Roosters in 2019, before joining the Warriors midway through the season.
But his career stalled at the Warriors and he failed to make an impression under coach Stephen Kearney in limited opportunities.
Awarded his first start against St George Illawarra Dragons, Curran responded with a season-best performance of 142 metres and 50 tackles in the 20-14 win to stake his claim as a regular in the game day squad.
He's also twice represented the Indigenous all Stars against their Māori counterparts.
"Josh has untold ability and is starting to deliver on his promise," says Warriors recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan.
"He adds a lot of value to our list, being right at home at lock or on the edge. He deserves his extension, following some outstanding training efforts and some great footy, before his recent injury.
"I look forward to seeing him grow as a player and taking his game to another level."
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