MacGraff Leuluai Signs Up For 2019

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1st October 2018

Widnes Vikings can confirm that MacGraff Leuluai has committed to the club for the 2019 season, putting pen-to-paper on a one-year deal.

The forward has been at the Vikings since 2011, with performances in his debut season earning him a place in the Championship Team of the Year. MacGraff then made the step up to Super League with the club, but his first top-flight campaign was cut-short due to injury.

Since then, Leuluai has become a regular in the first team, passing a historic landmark of 150 appearances for the club away to St Helens in July. 

The 28-year-old was honoured at the 2018 End of Season Awards Dinner, earning the coveted Players’ Player of the Year Award, as his team mates recognised his commitment to the cause after recovering from a severe back injury.

MacGraff Leuluai says: “I’m really happy to have signed a new deal with the club. I came here when we were in the Championship and helped to transition us into a Super League club, so I am hoping to achieve that once again. To still be here and be part of the club after all this time makes me really proud.

“Widnes is a home away from home for me now. The fans and all the boys here make you feel welcome, they all get around you when you need it, so this is home. 

“I want to be a consistent player for the team next season and our goal is to return to Super League as soon as possible, so I’m hoping I can contribute to us achieving that target.”

Hep Cahill, Club Captain of Widnes Vikings, says: “MacGraff was named the Players’ Player of the Year for his contribution to the squad and his commitment to the team. He fully recovered from major surgery this season, which could have been devastating for most people, to get back on the field – shooting out of the line without fear, to smash the biggest props.

“It’s humbling to see how he has overcome these challenges, played with real bravery and shown such commitment. I’m confident that we will see the best of MacGraff next season, and I’m looking forward to seeing him make all of those big shots.”

James Rule, CEO at Widnes Vikings, says: “MacGraff has shown real tenacity and commitment to return from his back injury and put his body on the line week in, week out for our club.

“As we seek to build an aggressive and abrasive pack for the 2019 campaign, MacGraff’s work rate and big hits in defence will form a key part of that building process."

MacGraff Leuluai is proudly sponsored by MyBodyFitness.

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