Fonua-Blake to remain a Warrior long-term

Troy Whittaker |

Keen to avoid the distraction of contract negotiations later this year, international prop Addin Fonua-Blake has committed to the Warriors until the end of 2026.

Fonua-Blake was already signed for the next two campaigns but would’ve been able to field offers from rival clubs when he came off-contract on November 1.

Settled at the Warriors after making the switch from Manly last year, the imposing forward will be a key player in the New Zealand team’s quest to return to the finals for the first time since 2018.

“I love being here and I’m excited about what’s ahead of us,” Fonua-Blake said.

“My family also loves it here and we can’t wait to get over to New Zealand and really experience what the club is all about.

“It just made sense to me to commit for the long-term right now.”

A New Zealand and Tonga representative, Fonua-Blake managed only 15 games in his maiden Warriors season due to injuries but his importance to the team was evident.

“Addin fitted in immediately,” coach Nathan Brown said.

“He has such an influence whenever he’s on the field so it’s great knowing he’s going to be with us for a lot of years to come. He’s making a huge difference to our club.”

Meanwhile, Reece Hoffman has joined Canterbury on a one-year deal after being granted a release by Wests Tigers.

The 20-year-old centre made his NRL debut for the Tigers in 2020 and hasn’t added to his tally.