York City Knights are delighted to confirm that powerhouse forward Pauli Pauli has signed a new two-year deal with the Club, thanks to the support of Squad Builder.
Pauli, 28, joined the Knights ahead of 2022 after spells in Super League with Wakefield Trinity and Salford Red Devils – reaching the 2020 Challenge Cup Final with the latter.
His arrival in the UK came after spells with Parramatta Eels and Newcastle Knights in the NRL and has showcased his destructive powers on regular occasions throughout 2022 in the amber and black.
This campaign has seen Pauli make nineteen appearances for the Knights, scoring two tries – his first coming in the away victory over Sheffield Eagles in June.
On the latest retention, Head Coach James Ford said: “Pauli is another key and central re-signing for the Club. I feel he has had a good season with some outstanding moments within that.
“I do feel that we have built a strong relationship with Pauli and I feel that we will be able to use that to challenge him to be even better in 2023.
“Pauli is a key player for us in terms of getting us to the levels that we are aspiring to be at, both on and off the field, so we are all delighted to have secured his services for the next couple of years.”
Pauli himself added: “I’m really happy and glad to be staying for us to have a real crack at next season.
“I think I’ve been a bit up and down this year but, saying that, I think it’s been a good season with the boys. They have made it a bit easier for me but I know I can do better. Hopefully come next year, I can do a lot more than I did this year.
“Fordy and I have a good relationship. He’s made me feel really welcome – so has Clint – since I’ve been at the club, as have the boys. I really enjoy the relationship I have with Fordy, though, and hopefully we can continue that over the next few years.