Hull KR coach Tim Sheens has dropped a big hint about the future of his centre Junior Vaivai.
The US international arrived at the club earlier this season on a one-year deal with an option to extend it further in the club’s favour.
Following the performance of the fans’ favourite in Friday’s 37-10 victory over Huddersfield Giants, where he was named man of the match by the supporters, coach Tim Sheens was coy when asked if talks had begun over an extension for Vaivai. “There will be some news about that soon, that’s all I can say,” said the KR boss.
However, he went on to lavish praise on the Auckland-born 28-year-old, who has taken his KR lifeline with open arms.
“We threw him a line – nobody else wanted him, and he’s answered the club to do a great job so far,” added Sheens.
“It’s been a long time out of footy. He spent four or five years playing ‘bush footy’ and he’s coming to terms with the higher level week in week out now.
“He’s delivering so we’re very happy with him.”
Despite his clear attacking prowess and threat, there remains some level of improvement in Vaivai, according to Sheens.
And the Robins head honcho is set to get that opportunity when Vaivai is tipped to put pen to paper this week.
“Junior is doing his job well, he’s had his family here a month now and is looking fitter, but there are still lots of things to improve on what you guys don’t see,” Sheens explained.
“A lot of people see the good things which is fine – he sets up tries and scores them – so that’s not an issue, but we’re gradually getting there with him.
“I thought the best try against Huddersfield was the one that he took a hospital pass from Chris Atkin to catch and score!
“With better players around him too will help him get more ball. I’d have liked to have seen him and Justin Carney play ten to 15 games of footy together, but we can dream about that and hope that will happen within the next month.”