Ali Lauitiiti signs Wakefield Wildcats contract extension

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BACK-ROWER Ali Lauitiiti has extended his stay at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats until the end of 2014.

The 33-year-old has penned a one-year extension to his current two-year deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Lauitiiti has enjoyed a good first season in the red, white and blue so far and says extending his stay in the Merrie City was an easy decision to make.

“I am really happy with it,” he said.

“It’s another year with the team and I’m fortunate enough to be given another contract so I am very happy.

“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.”

Lauitiiti has made 21 appearances for Wakefield this season after ending a seven-year stint with Leeds Rhinos, and has chipped in with six tries to help Richard Agar’s men to the verge of the Super League play-offs.

The New Zealand and Samoan international has been a regular feature in the post-season, playing in five Grand Final-winning Rhinos sides.

Another play-off campaign could be on the cards with Wakefield next month and, although not underestimating the threat posed by Widnes and Salford, Wakefield’s remaining opponents, he’s confident the squad has what it takes to break in to the top-eight.

“We are confident within ourselves,” he commented.

“Having said that, Widnes and Salford are good teams, they are not walkovers. The first of those games is obviously against Widnes so it won’t be easy, we have to be on the top of our game to win that, it’s going to be tough.”

Lauitiiti follows Ben Cockayne, Tim Smith and Paul Aiton in agreeing new deals with Wakefield this season, while Lee Smith has also penned a permanent deal from Leeds.

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