NZ Warriors have bolstered their forwards stocks, re-signing prop Bunty Afoa through until the end of the 2023 season.
Afoa, 24, has signed a two-year extension with the club that should see him reach the milestone of 100 games for the Warriors, currently sitting on 75 ahead of facing Melbourne Storm on Sunday.
He debuted for the Warriors in round 17 of the 2016 season, becoming the 213th player to represent the only New Zealand side in the NRL.
"Bunty has worked really hard on his game and I couldn't be more pleased that he's staying with the club," says coach Nathan Brown.
"He has put in a lot of effort on his all-round play and we expect him to continue to grow and add to his game to make him a more rounded player in the years to come."
Afoa has made 11 appearances for the Warriors so far this season, having missed all of 2020 after a knee injury.
The prop is averaging 70 running metres and 22 tackles per game in 2021 and has made 244 tackles so far this season.
As one of the Warriors' locally developed players, chief executive Cameron George hailed Afoa's re-signing, with the Kiwi club hoping to see the best of the front rower's career.
"As a local product, we're delighted to see Bunty stay on with us for two more years," George says.
"He's a well-established NRL player who will come into his prime over this year and the next two."
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