NRL: NZ Warriors captain Tohu Harris extends contract through 2025 season

NZ Warriors captain Tohu Harris has extended his current contract at Mt Smart into an eighth season, ending 2025.

The veteran lock joined the Auckland-based club in 2018 and succeeded Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as captain for the ill-fated 2022 campaign, stranded across the Tasman by COVID-19.

This year, he was a constant source of inspiration, playing through a variety of injuries, to lead the Warriors into their first playoff appearance in five years, falling just short of the Grand Final under new coach Andrew Webster.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23:  Tohu Harris of the Warriors looks on during the round 17 NRL match between St George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors at WIN Stadium on June 23, 2023 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

In the process, he chalked up 200 NRL appearances, including 117 for Melbourne Storm, and 100 for the Warriors, and was a finalist for both Dally M Captain of the Year and Lock of the Year.

"I'm a huge fan of Tohu's," said Webster. "He's an unbelievable player and person who means so much to our club.

"Without him and his leadership, on and off the field, we certainly wouldn't be where we are right now. When I first talked to him before returning here, I was so impressed by his passion and what he wants for the club.

"He proved that throughout the last season and now he has the opportunity to take the team further, as we seek more improvement."

Harris' current contract was due to end after next season and his extension is especially good news, given the likelihood of powerhouse front-rower Addin Fonua-Blake leaving the club at the same time.