Hull KR centre Junior Vaivai says he owed it to the club for giving him a chance to resurrect his career after signing a new two-year deal.
Vaivai committed his future until the end of the 2020 season in a move which will no doubt delight Rovers fans, who have quickly taken to the USA international.
Having scored seven tries in his 11 appearances since arriving as an unheralded and little known player earlier this season, the former South Sydney Rabbitohs player has become a big hit at KCOM Craven Park.
While the Robins held an option to extend his deal into a second year, the club wanted a longer contract and Vaivai was happy to sign.
“I work by principle. If people look after me then I always return the favour and I think that the club have really looked after me and I’m grateful,” Vaivai told the club website.
“They’ve thrown me a lifeline and I’ve taken it with both hands. This is another way of me thanking the club for that. It wasn’t a hard decision, I always knew I wanted to stay.”
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do that and I’m grateful to everybody. The Hull KR fans have been very welcoming, no doubt about it, and I think I owed it to the club for giving me an opportunity to start with.
“My family are also happy here, my son’s crazy for Rovers. We were talking contracts a couple of months ago and he said ‘Dad, I’ve just gotten into Hull KR so you can’t leave!’ That played a big part in my decision because when my family is happy, I’m happy.
“I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to stay at Hull KR and I think my family are witnesses that I prefer to remain a one-club man rather than jump ships.