North Queensland Toyota Cowboys young gun Jeremiah Nanai has agreed to a one-year contract extension to remain at the club for the 2023 season.
A homegrown North Queensland talent, Nanai came through the Cowboys Cairns Academy before joining the NRL squad as a 17-year-old prior to the 2021 season.
In just eight NRL appearances, Nanai has emerged as the most promising forward prospect in the NRL.
The Cairns Kangaroos junior scored a memorable try on debut as an 18-year-old in Round 22 last season.
He began 2022 as Todd Payten’s first choice right-edge backrower and has produced an astounding start to the season including a stunning hat-trick in the XXXX Derby victory over arch-rivals Brisbane in Round 3.
Nanai has also today announced he will pledge his representative allegiance to Queensland and Australia.
“We are over the moon to be able to announce the extension of Jeremiah’s contract,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.
“As we’ve seen in the first eight games of his career, he is one of the most exciting talents in rugby league.
“We are thrilled to finalise the extension, which allows Jeremiah to concentrate solely on what is his first full season in the NRL and we will pick up long-term contract discussions later in the year.”