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Five of the Vodafone Warriors younger NRL squad members have today been re-signed for at least another season. Photos: Photosport.

Props Sione Lousi, Suaia Matagi and Charlie Gubb plus utility Pita Godinet have had their contracts extended to the end of the 2014 season while giant forward Sam Lousi has been secured until the end of 2015.

Of the quintet only Gubb is yet to make his NRL debut but has filled the 18th man role this year.

The towering Lousi brothers and Gubb have all been developed by the Vodafone Warriors through the clubs NYC side while Godinet and Matagi have come through the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup to earn fulltime contracts. Sam Lousi was in the NYC premiership-winning Vodafone Junior Warriors sides in 2010 and 2011 while Gubb was in the champion 2010 side; Sione Lousi was a Vodafone Junior Warrior in 2008 and 2009.

All five featured in the Vodafone Warriors preseason trials with Godinet going on to claim a regular interchange spot through most of the campaign so far while Matagi became Vodafone Warrior No 181 when he debuted against the Bulldogs at Westpac Stadium on May 11.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott is excited about what all five players have to offer the club.

They all prepared really well for the season and are perfect examples of the way we want to see players emerging and growing through our system, he said.

Pita has done a terrific job for us this year, Suaia has really earned his shot in the NRL and Charlie is pushing hard for his chance.

Its been a tough year for Sione and Sam. Sam is only just back from injury and Sione is in rehab after knee surgery but theyre both fantastic prospects.

Todays announcement follows the recent contract extensions for five of the clubs most promising prospects Ngani Laumape, David Bhana, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Siliva Havili and Albert Vete. Theyll all be in the NRL squad next season, Laumape having already made six NRL appearances this year while still being eligible to play in the NYC.

The five NRL signings announced today and the extensions for the five young players three weeks ago are all critical to building depth and competition in our NRL squad, said Vodafone Warriors general manager football operations Dean Bell.

They also underline our commitment to developing our players through all levels of our system and show the pathways available to them.

Of this years NRL squad 19 came up after playing for the clubs NYC team after the competition was introduced in 2008. Others like Manu Vatuvei, Sam Rapira, Simon Mannering, Thomas Leuluai and Jerome Ropati are all products of the clubs development system.


Date of Birth: December 21, 1987

Birthplace: Christchurch, NZ

Junior Clubs: Sydenham Swans, Woolston Rovers

Position: Hooker/Halfback

Height: 174cm

Weight: 85kg

Previous Clubs: Richmond Rovers

Rep Honours: 1 Test for Samoa 2010

Vodafone Warrior No: 170

NRL Debut: v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 24, 2010 (Round 20)

NRL Games: 18 (2011-13), 16 points (4 tries)

Secondary School: St Pauls College


Date of Birth: May 17, 1990

Birthplace: Wellington, NZ

Junior Club: University Hunters (Wellington)

Position: Prop

Height: 188cm

Weight: 107kg

Previous Clubs: Wynnum-Manly (Brisbane)

Rep Honours: Queensland Residents 2012

NRL Debut: Yet to make debut

Secondary School: Wellington College (Wellington)


Date of Birth: July 20, 1991

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Richmond Rovers

Position: Prop/Second Row

Height: 198cm

Weight: 118kg

Rep Honours: Junior Kiwis 2010-11

Previous Clubs: Nil

Vodafone Warrior No: 175

NRL Debut: v Newcastle, Mount Smart Stadium, July 21, 2012 (Round 20)

NRL Games: 2 (2012), 0 points

Secondary School: St Pauls College (Auckland)


Date of Birth: October 8, 1989

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Richmond Rovers

Position: Prop

Height: 191cm

Weight: 106kg

Previous Clubs: Bay Roskill Vikings

Rep Honours: 1 Test for Tonga 2010

Vodafone Warrior No: 159

NRL Debut: v Gold Coast, Skilled Park, March 14, 2010 (Round 1)

NRL Games: 31 (2010-12), 4 points (1 try)

Secondary School: St Pauls College (Auckland)


Date of Birth: March 23, 1988

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Te Atatu Roosters

Position: Prop

Height: 183cm

Weight: 105kg

Previous Clubs: Mount Albert Lions

Rep Honours: New Zealand Residents 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Vodafone Warrior No: 181

NRL Debut: v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Westpac Stadium, May 11, 2013

NRL Games: 2 (2013), 0 points

Secondary School: Kelston Boys High School (Auckland)
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