Hurrell commits future to Warriors
Powerhouse centre Konrad Hurrell has recommitted to the Vodafone Warriors after signing a new contract keeping him at the club through until the end of the 2018 NRL season.
The 23-year-old, who's in just his fifth season in rugby league, quickly won a reputation as one of the game's most destructive ball runners.
In each of his first three NRL campaigns he has consistently featured among the club's leading try-scorers with 37 tries in just 57 appearances.
While he's sidelined with a knee injury for this weekend's third-round clash against the Parramatta Eels at Mount Smart Stadium, Hurrell’s ecstatic about his deal.
"I'm so happy to be staying with the Vodafone Warriors," said Hurrell.
"They brought me into rugby league and I'm so pleased I made the change. I'm having fun playing the game, trying to become a better player and being with the boys.
"This is the only club I want to be with. I love it here."
Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden said retaining Hurrell was another critical step in building the club's NRL squad.
"Konrad has a huge role to play for us," he said.
"We saw how much he developed his game last year and there's still a lot of improvement in him. Koni has made a real impact in the NRL and we know there's a lot more to come."
Managed by Richard White and Amon Ta'Akimoeaka from Inventus Sports Management, Hurrell was scouted by the Vodafone Warriors from rugby union in 2010 when he was playing for Auckland Grammar School's First XV.
He was an instant success in his one and only season in the NYC, scoring 22 tries in 21 games including a double in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' grand final win in 2011.
In his debut season he finished with 12 tries in 17 appearances, 11 of them in a seven-game streak including a hat-trick against Gold Coast. In 2013 he scored 13 tries in 20 games and 12 in 19 last year.