Fiji Time: 4:28 AM on Sunday 24 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Naitanui signs five more years

Aap
Friday, May 23, 2014

PERTH - Sometimes the biggest risk in life is to take no risk at all.

West Coast became the latest club to take the plunge on a long-term contract this week by re-signing star ruckman Nic Naitanui for the next five AFL seasons.

At the peak of his powers, Naitanui is a proven match-winner who boasts a set of skills unlike any other current player.

Naitanui's marketability also makes him one of the AFL's most prized assets.

But a series of groin issues over the past 18 months has cast doubt over his durability.

Naitanui spent most of 2013 wrapped up in cotton wool, while the 24-year-old has been slow to build this year following another compromised pre-season.

AFL greats Brad Hardie, Tony Shaw and Scott Lucas have been among a growing band of critics to question Naitanui's true value.

But if the gamble pays off, West Coast will be richly rewarded.

Naitanui's 360-degree tap work is unrivalled, while his aerial supremacy and ground-ball antics makes him one of the league's most dangerous players.

The 2012 All-Australian is confident he is on the upward trend, saying he feels the best he has all year and is ready to hit peak form in the second half of the season.

Naitanui also declared it was a no-brainer to re-sign with the Eagles until the end of 2019 on a deal believed to be worth in the vicinity of $800,000 per year.

"I was always going to stay for as long as I can," Naitanui said.

"I love the club. It's like a family. The day I got drafted here, I was the happiest person on Earth.

"This group we have now is a very talented group. I see us heading in an upward direction and having a lot of success."

Sydney took the biggest gamble in recent memory when they signed former Hawk Lance Franklin on a nine-year, $10 million deal.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61690.5979
JPY 56.853253.8532
GBP 0.36700.3590
EUR 0.41880.4068
NZD 0.69110.6581
AUD 0.63360.6086
USD 0.50190.4849

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, August, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. A sad graduation for Waqatakirewa
  2. A-G: Pay overtime
  3. Mine land claim
  4. Leaders disagree
  5. Sedition accused guilty
  6. iTaukei women told to be proud of their identity
  7. 'Keep Diwali sacred'
  8. Velovelo residents could become permanent leaseholders
  9. Union berates State
  10. Families resort to muddy water

Top Stories this Week

  1. A sad graduation for Waqatakirewa Saturday (23 Sep)
  2. The fee to kill Tuesday (19 Sep)
  3. $16k dream holiday Monday (18 Sep)
  4. Mysteries of the floating island Wednesday (20 Sep)
  5. Head teacher in court for sexual assault Monday (18 Sep)
  6. Pay rise deal Wednesday (20 Sep)
  7. Man freed from prison Tuesday (19 Sep)
  8. Resort's legacy Thursday (21 Sep)
  9. Murder suspects further remanded Monday (18 Sep)
  10. Planned water disruption advisory for Suva Wednesday (20 Sep)