The Wests Tigers have backed young gun Shawn Blore to bounce back from an ACL injury that ruined his entire 2022 campaign.
Blore hasn’t played a game this season but still showed enough to earn a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2024.
The 22-year-old required a knee reconstruction after rupturing his ACL in February and the second rower is determined to add to his 18 NRL games for the Tigers.
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“I’ve been working hard all year to get back to full fitness after the injury,” said Blore.
“By the time the new season comes around it will have been like a 12-month pre-season for me, so naturally I’m super keen to get back to what I love doing.
“I want to thank the club for adding another year to my contract even though I didn’t get to play this season.
Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe praised Blore’s commitment to his rehab and backed him repay the club’s faith in 2023.
“It’s been a really tough year for Shawn, but he’s kept at it, put in the hard work, and I’m sure that hard work will pay off,” Pascoe said.
“He’s had a horror run with injury and deserves a bit of luck. We all look forward to seeing Shawn be the best he can be over the coming years.”
CANBERRA EXTEND FUTURE SKIPPER
The Raiders have locked down Joseph Tapine before he hit the open market on November 1, extending the start prop on a four-year extension.
The new deal is reportedly worth $3.4 million and keeps Tapine in Canberra until the end of the 2027 season.
It makes the 28-year-old one of the highest-paid props in the game and Raiders boss Don Furner said he was worth every cent.
“There’s no doubt Joe has had his best season in the NRL in 2022 and we’re very excited to have him recommit to the club for the long-term,” Furner said.
“His development on and off the field has been something that we’re very proud of and we know he will continue to be one of the most valuable parts of our side in the future.
“We wish Joe all the best on his upcoming World Cup campaign with New Zealand and we can’t wait to see him back on the field for the Raiders for the next five seasons.”
Tapine has averaging 165 running metres and 29 tackles per game this season to establish himself as one of the best in the game.
The Kiwi international won the Mal Meninga Medal given to Canberra’s best player each year after leading the NRL in post-contact metres, finishing second for offloads and third in total metres.
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