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Faifai Loa to remain a Cowboy until 2014

New Zealand Test winger Kalifa Faifai Loa will play in the NRL with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys until at least the end of the 2014 season after signing a two-year contract extension.
Faifai Loa to remain a Cowboy until 2014
by NRL

New Zealand Test winger Kalifa Faifai Loa will play in the NRL with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys until at least the end of the 2014 season after signing a two-year contract extension.

The 21-year-old produced an eye-catching first season with the Cowboys in 2011, playing in 22 matches after making his debut for the club in round three against the Melbourne Storm.

He was originally signed until the end of the 2012 season but General Manager - Football Peter Parr said the young winger's impressive progress made him a priority for a contract extension.

"We're very pleased with how Kalifa has improved since coming to the club and think he will become an even better footballer with the more experience he gains in the NRL," Parr said.

"We're looking forward to seeing him continue that development as a North Queensland Cowboy.

"He's just played Test football at just 21 years of age and to have him commit to the Cowboys is something we're delighted about."

Faifai Loa crossed for 10 tries in 2011, placing him second behind Paul Bowman Medal winner Ashley Graham on North Queensland's tryscoring list.

He was also second, behind Graham, for most metres gained by a Cowboy this season and his year culminated in two Tests appearances for New Zealand against Australia, including one in the Four Nations tournament in Great Britain.

Faifai Loa said signing with the Cowboys had been the best decision he had made so far in his rugby league career and he was happy he was staying in North Queensland.

"I really enjoy playing for the Cowboys, working with the coaching staff we have and living up here," he said.

"I have some great mates at the club and wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"We had a good 2011 and I think we have the players to go even better in 2012 and beyond."


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