The Coal & Allied Newcastle Knights have extended the contract of winger James McManus until the end of the 2013 season.

Born in Scotland and raised in the Northern Territory, McManus became the first player to emerge from the Darwin Rugby League to play State of Origin football.

McManus, 24, is on his way to remaining a one-club player after agreeing to the terms.

“I love the town, I love the team and I am ecstatic that my fiancée Eshia and I get to stay here for the next three years,” McManus said.

After a series of injuries limited him to just eight games in the 18 months following his 2009 New South Wales debut, McManus is fit and well prepared for the start of 2011.

“I spent six weeks in the off-season on the hills of King Edward park getting some miles under my legs.”

“My body feels fit and healthy and I’m excited for what’s to come in season 2011.”

Knights Coach Rick Stone was pleased to announce the re-signing of the highly professional player.

“It is a massive boost for our club at this time of year, James sets the standards in attention to detail and work ethic and his success since he has been in first grade is just reward for his hard work,” Coach Stone said.

“To have both our first choice wingers in James and Akuila Uate secured with the club for an extended period gives us the stability we are looking for on our flanks.”