Wests Tigers captain Apisai Koroisau is adamant he’s “excited” for the future of the club after making the ultimate statement by signing a two-year contract extension.
Koroisau has locked himself into the cellar-dwellers until the 2026 season despite a turbulent first year at the club and as captain.
Amid ongoing speculation of rifts between coaching and recruiting staff, and suggestions coach Tim Sheens could hand over the top job to Benji Marshall sooner than expected, Koroisau has opted to stay loyal.
The contact extension puts to bed rumours Koroisau wanted out of the Tigers who have won just three games this season.
“I‘m grateful for the opportunity to further demonstrate my commitment to the club,” said Koroisau, a three-time premiership winner who joined the club from Penrith.
“I’m excited for the present and the future, and I’m just so proud to be leading our team.
“I’m also excited to be working with the young talent we have coming through and helping them to become great NRL players “
Sheens said Koroisau‘s contract extension was a huge boost for the club who face fellow NRL battlers St George Illawarra in what could be a battle to avoid the wooden spoon on Thursday night.
“He is a great leader, and he has done a wonderful job this season,” Sheens said.
“I think it‘s tremendous news for our club and for Api.”
On Wednesday, Sheens was adamant he was still the boss and had a “good” working relationship with his successor Marshall.
“I’ve been around long enough to hear the noise and navigate through the noise,” he said.
“If you win games, that shuts the noise down.”