The Dolphins have moved to hold maintain of one more younger gun by re-signing increase 5-eighth Isaiya Katoa on a $2 million offer that will maintain him in Redcliffe for at minimum yet another four seasons.

It is a significantly sensible shift for the Redcliffe expansion group that is shoring up its succession prepare after Wayne Bennett leaves the club. Along with Katoa, they now have Jake Averillo, Herbie Farnworth, Tom Flegler, Tom Gilbert, Jamayne Isaako, Junior Tupou, and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow locked up via to about 2026.

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Katoa, who is continue to just 20, is anticipated to receive around $500,000 a period through to 2028 with his new offer. Although it is not an particularly huge pay out packet for a playmaker in the NRL, it is well worth remembering he will even now not have cracked 24 by the time this Dolphins offer wraps up.

It also offers Redcliffe powerbrokers additional cash to create the rest of the rising squad.

One query that nevertheless wants answering is who will be partnering Katoa beyond this campaign. His fellow halves have largely been Kodi NikorimaandAnthony Milford, but equally are off-deal at the finish of the year. The Sporting Foundation has not heard any extension talks for both just but.

That question may perhaps mail the Dolphins into the player current market heading into 2025 or 2026, but with Katoa locked up for the up coming couple many years as soon as 50 % of the puzzle is solved.

This Redcliffe extension also slams the doorway on any potential rugby raid in the near long run. The Sporting Foundation experienced listened to some rumours all-around Katoa signing with Rugby Australia at the close of his existing rugby league dealhe previously performed as an Australian Schoolboybut they have considering the fact that been all but scuppered with this re-signing.

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Under no circumstances say never while, with Katoa even admitting halfway as a result of past time that he would “never close out the chance to engage in rugby union mainly because [he] grew up enjoying rugby union.”