Promising young centre Tautau Moga has celebrated his 18th birthday this week by agreeing to an extended deal with the Sydney Roosters keeping him at the club until the end of 2014.
The new deal will see Tautau continue his growth with the Roosters and is in line with the club's policy of encouraging young and developing talent. He has come through the Sydney Roosters Academy system after being signed by the club at the age of 14.
Moga dominated the awards in the junior categories at the Roosters end of season Jack Gibson Medal last September, picking up three awards including The Harry Phipps Rising Star Award, The Chris Sykes Junior Representative Player of the Year Award and the NYC Players Player Award.
With his try scoring ability, speed and footwork, the imposing 193cm and 108kg centre is still growing and was on the verge of competing in the NRL in 2011 but was unable to be considered as he was yet to turn 18.
Roosters recruitment manager, Peter O'Sullivan, was enthusiastic about the extension of Moga's contract believing him to have the potential to become one of the super stars of the game.
“While he has a lot of work to do on his game, Tautau took the step up from SG Ball to the Toyota Cup last season and quickly established himself in the team, proving potent in attack and scoring a number of great tries,” he said.
Sydney Roosters Head Coach, Brian Smith, added: “Tautau was an absolute standout in the Toyota Cup competition last season. He has incredible speed, strength and footwork for a young man just 18 years of age and we are all looking forward to watching him develop over the next few years.”