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Willie Isa extends his stay at Widnes Vikings
11:41am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
WIDNES Vikings' Willie Isa has signed a one-year contract extension, which will keep him in Vikings’ colours until the end of the 2014 Super League season.
Auckland-born Isa earned a glowing reputation down under for his outstanding speed and strength and made his NRL debut with Penrith Panthers in 2008, before moving to Melbourne Storm the following year.
International honours followed in 2010 when he made his Test debut for Samoa against New Zealand.
The 24-year-old initially joined the Vikings from Castleford Tigers, with whom he had spent the 2011 season, ahead of Widnes’ first year back amongst the game’s elite.
To date, he has featured in 42 games for the Club and scored 2 tries. Just last week at the Club’s annual End of Season dinner, Willie’s outstanding ambassadorial work, which sees him continually going above and beyond the call of duty in the locality, was officially recognised and he became the beneficiary of the ‘Community Player of the Year’ award.
Pleased to have retained the services of a key member of his playing roster, Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts said: “Willie’s attitude, enthusiasm and character are second to none. He is a great human being who’s fantastic to have about the place.
“He gives you everything and you can’t knock that. He looks after himself and trains hard every week, and he’s been defining his place in the team.
“Over the last month, he’s found himself. He asked for an opportunity to prove himself as a middle-unit player and he’s been proved right.
“We’re trying our best as an organisation to keep those kinds of people here, and I am delighted that Willie will still be with us in 2014.”
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