New Zealand Warriors have secured the future of back rower Josh Curran who has penned a deal to take him through until the end of the 2024 NRL season.
The Warriors are priced at 30/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and Curran has been rewarded for a fine breakout season in 2021.
The 22-year-old has come on in leaps and bounds under the leadership of Warriors coach Nathan Brown and is expected to make further progress over the next couple of years.
Speaking to the club's website, Warriors general manager football Craig Hodges says the new deal is fully deserved.
"Josh made enormous progress last season when he really delivered on the potential we knew he had as a player," Hodges said. "The key was that he made some big adjustments that have paid off. He also benefited from the confidence Nathan (Brown) showed in him.
"You can see how much he has grown in the last year and what’s really encouraging is that he has so much room to improve further."
Meanwhile Curran was also called up to the represent the Indigenous All Stars for a third straight year, which is even more proof his game is on the up.
The young forward is delighted to have penned the new deal and is excited for the future.
"I’m excited about extending my time with the Vodafone Warriors," Curran added. "I believe we have a great future ahead of us and I want to be a leader of the pack as we search for our first premiership.
"I couldn’t be happier staying and I can’t wait to get home to New Zealand to play in front of our great fan base and sponsors."