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Price, McKinnon extend stay at Warriors

31/05/2008 08:57:35 PM Comments (0)

Skipper Steve Price has extended his contract with the New Zealand Warriors for another year, the NRL club announced on Saturday night.

Price, 34, will play on through next season, which will be his fifth since he moved to Auckland.

The club also said injured fullback Wade McKinnon had signed a new deal that would take him through to the end of 2011.

Price, who made his 285th NRL appearance against Newcastle in his second match back from a hamstring injury, was thrilled to extended his first-grade career to a 16th season.

"It was a great move for our family to come to Auckland and I'm excited about being able to add another season on to my time with the club," he said.

"It's a real boost after coming back from injury last week. Our medical staff did a brilliant job getting me back on the field and I'm really looking forward to doing all I can to help the team from now on."

McKinnon's two-year contract extension comes as he and team doctor John Mayhew are optimistic he can return from a serious knee injury before the end of the season.

McKinnon needed a knee reconstruction after damaging anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee in a trial match against Newcastle in February.

Mayhew said McKinnon had made much better progress than expected with his rehabilitation.

"While we can't put a date on it, we are now optimistic he'll be back on the field later in the season," he said.

The contract announcements follow confirmation that Brisbane winger-fullback Denan Kemp, 21, will join the club on a two-year deal from next season.

Kemp marked his signing by scoring four tries in the Broncos' 30-26 win over Parramatta on Friday night, boosting his tally to nine tries in nine matches so far this year.

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