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Hohaia re-signs with Warriors

12/04/2009 02:19:08 PM Comments (0)

Kiwis rugby league World Cup winner Lance Hohaia has re-signed with NRL club the Warriors until at least the end of the 2011 season, with an option for 2012.

Hohaia, 26, is one of only 14 players to appear in 100 or more first-grade matches for the club. He joined the Warriors in 2002, five days after his 19th birthday, and 2011 will be his 10th first grade season for the club.

Hohaia is the third 2008 World Cup winner to extend his time with the Warriors in the past few weeks.

Both centre Jerome Ropati, 24, and second rower Simon Mannering, 22, also recently re-signed until the end of the 2012 season.

Hohaia said he was excited to have his future with the Warriors sorted.

"I've grown up at the club. It's been my home since moving up from Huntly and I can't see myself being anywhere else," he said.

"I've had some tough times along the way but the last year or so has been the best of my career, being part of two finals campaigns and then winning the World Cup with the Kiwis."

Hohaia said his season so far had been frustrating, after he ruptured the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the first game of the season against Parramatta.

He has been sidelined for the four games since, but could be available again for the sixth-round encounter with the Sydney Roosters on April 19.

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said Hohaia's signing was vital for the club.

"Lance has made huge strides for us and for the Kiwis," he said.

"He's a vital part of the mix and brings so much to the side. He has really turned the interchange role into his special strength for us.

"Along with Simon and Jerome, it's great to have Lance on board again. These three players provide the best kind of proof of how our club can develop local players into proven first graders and internationals."

With 284 points, Hohaia is the fourth highest points-scorer in the Warriors' history and is set to move past third-placed Michael Witt on 291. He is also sixth equal on the try-scoring list with 39.

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