June 13, 2024

Tonegato, who has represented both NSW and Australia in rugby league, described his decision to stay with the club as a “honour.”

“As women in sports, we’ve always had such short-term contracts. Tonegato added, “It’s the first time in a few years that I’ve decided where I want to be.”

“Off the field, this helps me to plan, know where I’m going to live, and what my income will be. It’s the first time I’ve ever found myself in that situation. that’s extremely great, and I’m hoping that translates to a stress-free performance on the field.”

Brett Kimmorley, coach of the Wests Tigers, has strengthened his forward line by adding Amelia Huakau (Née Mafi) on a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old Tonga international joins from the Eels, where she played nine games last season.

Kimmorley claimed Huakau was a highlight in the 2023 NRLW season, despite her team’s struggles.

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“She was very good in what was a difficult campaign last season at her former club,”

“I know Amelia will only get better as a player and I really look forward to seeing her game develop over the next couple of seasons with us.”

The Roosters have signed two more players for the 2019 NRLW season, with Brydie Parker and Mia Wood both signing extensions.

Winger Parker, 24, has been with the Roosters since the competition’s start in 2018 and has extended his contract for another two years until the end of 2025.

Wood, meanwhile, has signed a one-year contract extension for 2024 after making five appearances in her debut season last year, during which she was named NRLW Rookie of the Year.

It comes after Roosters vice-captain Corban Baxter agreed to a new three-year contract extension that would keep her at the club until the conclusion of the 2026 NRLW season.

Baxter, who has played for New South Wales, Australia, and the Mori All Stars, returned to the NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership last season after the birth of her youngest son, appearing in all 10 games and scoring seven tries.

“I am excited to continue my adventure with my Chookies family. The Roosters club means a lot to me, and I’m really delighted that I’ll continue to be part of the squad we have here for the next three years.”

It comes after the Roosters extended another backline prospect Jayme Fressard’s contract till the end of 2025 and signed rising gun Tyra Ekepati to a deal that would see her play on a development contract in 2024 before moving to the senior squad the following year.

 

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