Lauitiiti’s delight at penning new Wakefield Wildcats deal INTERVIEW

FIVE-TIME Grand Final winner Ali Lauitiiti says it was an “easy” decision to renew his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats contract.

By Peter Smith
Friday, 24th August 2012, 10:44 am

The 33-year-old forward joined Wildcats from Leeds Rhinos last autumn and had 12 months remaining on his existing deal, but has agreed an extension until the end of 2014.

Lauitiiti has scored six tries in 21 games for Wildcats so far and made his 200th Super League appearance in the recent win at Castleford Tigers.

“I am really happy with it,” Lauitiiti said of his new contract. “The boys have been great and the coaching staff too, so all in all it has been good.

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“It is a good unit, the team spirit here is really good and it’s one of the big factors in us doing so well in the last month or so.

“It’s really good here and it’s good to be a part of it.”

Lauitiiti is confident he has more to offer, despite his veteran status. He added: “It was an easy decision.

“I’ve really enjoyed it with the boys so I’m going to have an extra year and hopefully I can play a bit better next year.”

Wildcats have climbed to ninth in Stobart Super League with two games left and Lauitiiti reckons they can qualify for the play-offs.

He said: “We are confident within ourselves, but having said that Widnes and Salford are good teams – they are not walkovers.

“It won’t be easy. We have to be on the top of our game and it’s going to be tough.”