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[Signings] New deals for six

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Experienced centre Blake Ayshford, standoff Ata Hingano, 2017 NRL rookie Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and halfback Mason Lino have all been re-signed by the Vodafone Warriors for next season and beyond.

Their contracts have now been officially registered while promising NYC players Lewis Soosemea and Joe Vuna have also been secured on new deals.

“These are all key signings for us as we continue to work towards settling our squad for next year,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro.

The 157-game veteran Ayshford (29), who scored a double in Saturday’s 34-12 win over Gold Coast, has extended his stay until the end of the 2019 season after appearing in 33 games for the Vodafone Warriors so far.

Standoff Hingano (20) will remain with the Vodafone Warriors until the end of the 2020 NRL season after signing a three-year contract. After making his NRL debut late last season, he featured in the club’s first three games this year and scored his first career try when he made his sixth first-grade appearance off the bench in Saturday’s victory over the Titans.

Utility Nicoll Klokstad (21), the club’s 2016 Intrust Super Premiership player of the year, has been re-signed on a two-year contract. He was called up for his NRL debut against the Sydney Roosters on April 30 and appeared in each of the next three games against Penrith, St George Illawarra and Brisbane, scoring doubles against the Panthers and the Dragons.

Halfback Lino (23), who captains the ISP side, has also been secured for two seasons. He was used in three NRL games at the end of the 2016 season and continues to provide back-up to the NRL squad’s halves as an integral performer for the ISP team.

Wing Soosemea (19) and second rower Vuna (18), both signed on two-year deals, have been frontline performers for the Vodafone Junior Warriors after making their debuts in the grade as 17-year-olds.

Mangere East Hawks junior Soosemea has made 45 NYC appearances since 2015 scoring 25 tries including nine in 13 games this season. He also made his ISP debut last year and represented the Vodafone Warriors at this year’s NRL Nines as well as playing in the club’s NRL trial against Melbourne on the Sunshine Coast. 

Vuna has played 36 NYC games, appearing 22 times last year and in all 14 games so far this season. He was also in the NRL Nines squad in February.

While announcing the re-signings, Iro also confirmed off-contract prop Toafofoa Sipley has decided to continue his career in Sydney after this season.

“We were keen for Toaf to stay and made a good offer but it hasn’t been enough to keep him here,” he said.

“While it’s disappointing to lose players who come through our system, we wish Toaf all the best.”

After playing for the club’s NYC and Intrust Super Premiership sides, Sipley graduated to make two NRL appearances last year.       

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS | RE-SIGNED PLAYERS

 

BLAKE AYSHFORD

Born: April 15, 1988

Birthplace: Sydney, NSW

Junior Clubs: Paddington Tigers, Coogee Wombats

Position: Centre

Height: 190cm

Weight: 100kg

Rep Honours: Nil 

Previous Clubs: Wests Tigers (2009-2013), Cronulla (2014-2015)

FG Debut: Wests Tigers v Brisbane, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, May 22, 2009 (Rd

11) 

Club Debut: Vodafone Warriors v Wests Tigers, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, March 5, 2016 (Rd 1)

Vodafone Warriors No: 204

NRL Career: 157 appearances (2009-2017):

104 for Wests Tigers (2009-2013)

20 for Cronulla (2014-2015)

33 for Vodafone Warriors (2016-2017)

NRL Points: 180 (45 tries)

 

MAFOA’AEATA HINGANO

Born: March 11, 1997

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Pakuranga Jaguars

Position: Standoff/Halfback

Height: 183cm

Weight: 92kg

Rep Honours: Tonga (2017), Junior Kiwis (2016), NZ Residents 18s (2014-2015)

Previous Clubs: Nil

Club and FG Debut: Vodafone Warriors v North Queensland, 1300SMILES Stadium, August 20, 2016 (Rd 24)

Vodafone Warriors No: 214

NRL Career: 6 appearances (2016-2017)

NRL Points: 6 (1 try, 1 goal)

 

CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD

Born: August 2, 1995

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Clubs: City Newton Dragons (Auckland), Altona Roosters (Melbourne)

Position: Fullback/Centre/Wing

Height: 182cm

Weight: 86kg

Rep Honours: Cook Islands (2015-2017)

Previous Clubs: Melbourne NYC (2014-2015)

Club and FG Debut: Vodafone Warriors v Sydney Roosters, Mount Smart Stadium, April 30, 2017 (Rd 9)

Vodafone Warriors No: 218

NRL Career: 4 appearances (2017)

NRL Points: 16 (4 tries)

 

MASON LINO

Born: February 4, 1994

Birthplace: Apia, Samoa

Junior Club: Marist Saints

Position: Halfback

Height: 176cm

Weight: 84kg

Rep Honours: Samoa (2016), Junior Kiwis (2013)

Previous Clubs: Nil

Club & FG Debut: Vodafone Warriors v North Queensland, Mount Smart Stadium, August 22, 2015 (Rd 24)

Vodafone Warriors No: 202

NRL Career: 3 appearances (2015)

NRL Points: 0

 

LEWIS SOOSEMEA

Born: March 7, 1998

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Mangere East Hawks

Position: Wing

Height: 181cm

Weight: 93kg

Rep Honours: NZ Residents 16s, 18s

Previous Clubs: Nil

NYC Debut: Vodafone Junior Warriors v Parramatta, Mount Smart Stadium, March 21, 2015 (Rd 3)

NYC Career: 45 appearances (2015-2017)

NYC Points: 100 (25 tries)

ISP Debut: Vodafone Warriors v Illawarra, Mount Smart Stadium, July 9, 2016 (Rd 18)

ISP Career: 2 appearances (2016)

ISP Points: 0

 

JOSEPH VUNA

Born: July 31, 1998

Birthplace: Alameda County, California, US

Junior Club: Otahuhu Leopards

Position: Second Row

Height: 182cm

Weight: 99kg

Rep Honours: NZ Schoolboys

Previous Clubs: Nil

NYC Debut: Vodafone Junior Warriors v Wests Tigers, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, March 5, 2016 (Rd 1)

NYC Career: 36 appearances (2016-2017)

NYC Points: 20 (5 tries)

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