The nib Newcastle Knights are proud to announce the re-signing of Sione Mata'utia.
The talented centre, who can also play in the backrow, has signed a contract extension which will see him remain at the Knights for a further three seasons.
The new contract keeps the 22-year-old at the Knights until at least the end of season 2021.
"As a Club, we're thrilled Sione has committed his future to the Knights," General Manager Football, Darren Mooney said.
"What's also pleasing is the fact Sione never wanted to leave. He's a talented footballer and we believe his best is still to come.
"He started his career on the wing, moved into the backrow and now finds himself in the centres, such is his adaptability.
"What the future holds, we don't know but Sione has the character and commitment to tackle whatever challenge is thrown his way.
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"He's shown himself to be a very valuable member of our team, not only for what he contributes on the field but also what he brings off it."
A Raymond Terrace junior who made his NRL debut for the Club as a teenager back in 2014, Mata'utia has established himself as a dependable first grader and leader.
Having made the move to centre this year, Mata'utia has found some of his best form.
Equally at home in the backrow, the young talent provides the Club with versatility, while he's secured his future.
"I'm really excited and also very proud to re-sign with the Club," Mata'utia said.
"The Knights are much more than a team, they are my family.
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"It was an easy decision to stay. Everyone can see we are building something very special in Newcastle and I can't wait for the Club to continue to grow. I'm glad I get to keep riding the wave."
Starting his career on the wing, Mata'utia became Australia's youngest ever Test player in his rookie season when he debuted at 18 years and 129 days.
After donning the green and gold in 2014, Mata'utia represented the World All Stars and Samoa at the Rugby League World Cup last year.
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