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Lillyman re-signs with the Warriors

29/05/2011 03:20:55 PM Comments (0)

Queensland State of Origin forward Jacob Lillyman has re-signed with the Warriors for a further two NRL seasons.

The 27-year-old former North Queensland Cowboy will remain in Auckland until at least the end of 2013, after capping off one of the most satisfying weeks of his career with a new deal.

Lillyman made his return for Queensland in last Wednesday's State of Origin game one victory over NSW in what was his first outing for the Maroons since 2008.

After a disappointing first season for the Warriors last year, Lillyman's selection on the Queensland bench was reward for persistence.

Having played predominantly in the back row for the early part of his career, Lillyman has reinvented himself as a prop - taking on added responsibility with Sam Rapira out of the Warriors side through injury.

Lillyman, who has 107 NRL games behind him, said he was happy to have his future finalised so he can now focus solely on the rest of the Origin series and the Warriors finals push.

"It's been a huge week personally with the thrill of playing Origin football again and now having my future with the Warriors sorted out," he said.

"It was a massive honour to play for Queensland again after being out of Origin for a while and it was also fantastic to make the Maroons while playing for the Warriors.

"While I had a tough year in 2010 it has been a great move coming to Auckland. I've really enjoyed living here and this club is brilliant to be part of."

Second rower Ukuma Ta'ai, halfback Isaac John and hooker Alehana Mara have others to have also signed new contracts with the Warriors.

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