The New Zealand Warriors have secured the services of five-eighth Kodi Nikorima for the 2022 season.
Nikorima has taken up a player option on his contract, allowing him to continue playing for the Warriors into next season.
Born in New Zealand, Nikorima has made 40 appearances for the Warriors since the club signed him from Brisbane in 2019.
“I love being at this club and I feel I’ve improved my play in my time here,” Nikorima said.
“I look forward to being a senior player and helping our team improve and challenge the top teams. Now my immediate future is settled I look forward to playing my best footy.”
Nikorima’s recommitment means he will continue to share playmaking duties with Chanel Harris-Tevita, who is also contracted until the end of the 2022 season.
Brown echoed Nikorima’s positive sentiments, saying: “I have a lot of faith in Kodi and I’m glad his future is settled for next season.
“Now we can concentrate on us winning games and being consistent.”
Maintaining consistency has proven a challenge for the Warriors this season. The side sits on three wins and four losses after seven rounds and is yet to notch back-to-back wins in 2021.
“We’ve got to get better, as a club as a whole lot, staff, players,” Brown said after the Warriors’ loss to Melbourne on ANZAC Day.
“We’ve got to do better. But we’ll see a part where there’s the makings of a footy team there.”
The Warriors will look to even the ledger when they face the Cowboys this Sunday at their adopted home of Central Coast Stadium.