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The Alpha Male: D-Saf leading the way

From rookie, to representative player to now co-captain of the nib Newcastle Knights.

Daniel Saifiti has continually bolstered his game year-in, year-out to become a leader and an elite force in the National Rugby League.

The 25-year-old has inked a four-year extension with the Knights in a huge recognition of his ability.

Saifiti says he's grateful to have secured his long-term future.

"I’m happy with the direction the Club’s going and I just want to be a part of it," Saifiti said.

"It’s every kids dream to play NRL and I’ve been lucky enough to play at the highest level with Origin and the NRL, but captaining the Knights has probably been my proudest achievement.

"To extend that further is something I’m really proud of."

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Adding to the news of his extension, twin-brother Jacob has also signed on to stay in Newcastle.

The pair made their debuts together in 2016 and have rode the rollercoaster of the top grade side-by-side.

The pair now form an imposing duo in the frontline and will for years to come.

"He’s my best mate and my brother and we don’t want to leave here anytime soon," Saifiti said.

"We’ve been doing it since we were eight years old so it’s good to secure a new deal with him."

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Saifiti's evolution from teen rookie to representative player has been awe-inspiring.

Daniel notched his 100th NRL appearance earlier this season and has represented Fiji at international level.

Our co-captain has been amongst the Knights best with an average of 150 running metres per game this season and three barn-storming tries.

D-Saf also featured in his third consecutive State of Origin series in 2021 playing an integral role in the Blues series win.

An unforgettable try in the opening game in Townsville, Saifiti has relished the opportunities in the Origin arena to add to his game.

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"Playing at that higher level gives you more confidence," Saifiti said.

"Everyone that’s there are leaders at their own Clubs and they all come together.

"I probably took more leadership skills out of it in my first year as captain. I’ve always had great leaders around me at Origin level."

Saifiti says it's also exciting times ahead for the Club.

The 25-year-old has been signed onto the club until the end of the 2026 season, in which has big ambitions for the red and blue in the immediate future.

"Within that five year period we’ve got some young guns coming through and some experienced old heads that are really good leaders too," Saifiti said.

"I think if we stay injury free and get the balance right, that premiership window is open in the next five years."

"That’s for sure."