Fonua Pole- Tiger #257


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Forum Leader
Jan 29, 2011
Newcastle 🥷
There is a Q and A on Talking Wests Tigers instagram from today with Pole.

Ofahengaue is mentioned twice as being someone he looks up to at the club. Good to see Joffa taking on a leader type role and helping these young guys.
Said he's a storm fan 🤮


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Jul 10, 2009
He has another new fan here. Even when we were getting belted every week and there were guys out there barely trying, he never shirked it or took easy options.
The same, that’s what won me over also.
He really had a massive dig this year and was a clear standout performer for us.

Luke Brooks #1 Fan

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Jun 10, 2019

Wests Tigers is pleased to announce that Fonua Pole has extended his playing contract through until the end of 2025.

The 20-year-old forward signed a two-year deal in February this year for the 2023 and 2024 seasons and has today added a further 12 months to his stay.

Pole joined Wests Tigers in 2021 and rapidly progressed through the club’s representative teams before making his NRL debut last season.

The New Zealand born prop made ten consecutive appearances including his Round 16 debut against the Warriors and was subsequently named Rookie of the Year.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe is pleased to have Pole locked in for the next three seasons.

“Fonua has worked hard to get to where he is, and I’m delighted for him,” said Pascoe.

“He has progressed from our Balmain SG Ball team to Jersey Flegg, then NSW Cup and on to the NRL, so it’s a credit to Fonua and also shows that our pathways programs are working.”

Head coach Tim Sheens has welcomed the news of Pole’s contract extension.

“Fonua did well in his first season in the top grade and I look forward to watching his continued development,” said Sheens.

"He’s a good example of what can happen for young players in our system who are prepared to work hard." - Tim Sheens

Pole is keen to make further gains in 2023.

“I was stoked to play first grade last season, it was like a dream come true,” said Pole.

"I learned so much in a short time last season and I just want to focus on getting better and better over the next few years." - Fonua Pole

“It’s a really young squad and I think we’ve got some exciting times ahead of us, starting now.”


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Feb 17, 2017
I really like this kid. He does the little things right. A nice quick play the ball, he runs good lines in the middle plus he is agile on his feet for a big guy.

He isn't going to be a rampaging prop like Stef but he'd be one of the first middle forwards I'd pick each week.


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Jul 6, 2021
Solid signing , he will grow into a gun later
losing Hastings if to get Klemmer I’m ok
Brooks will need to pull a finger out although Appi will Steer , Brooks heads up footy , AD next to him at 5/8


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Mar 2, 2011
Great news ... This young guy took his opportunity and ran with it.
Well done and just shows the other young guys if you work hard it can happen.