Big deal for The Hammer

Published 7:14am 20 April 2023

Big deal for The Hammer
Words by Kylie Knight

The Dolphins have locked in NRL fan favourite and try-scoring machine Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow as their first-choice fullback until the end of the 2027 season.

Tabuai-Fidow came to the Dolphins from the Cowboys on a two-year deal and has been one of the most dangerous players in the NRL competition in 2023.

The Dolphins have now upgraded ‘The Hammer’ and locked him in for an extra three seasons.

When Tabuai-Fidow moved to the Dolphins in November, he had just 50 matches of top-grade experience behind him and was recovering from a serious ankle injury suffered playing for Samoa at the Rugby League World Cup.

But the 21-year-old answered every query put to him in the pre-season and has now stamped himself as a star of the NRL for many years to come.

Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader says the way Tabuai-Fidow has underlined his class on the field has been a key factor in brokering the long-term deal.

“It is so pleasing that Hamiso has shown the form we believed he was capable of and demonstrated just what a match winner he can be,” Reader says.

“He came to the Dolphins on the chance to assert himself as a fullback - an opportunity we must sincerely thank the Cowboys for in allowing Hamiso a release to take up that challenge.

“There is no doubt that Hamiso has shown he is a true game breaker by scoring tries in each of his first six games for the club.

“That included our historic first ever premiership try against the Roosters in round one, a moment that will live in the memories of everyone who attended that game on that famous day.

“He has now established himself as one of the form fullbacks in the NRL and that is why he has got this reward.

“We look forward to the many years our members and fans will enjoy seeing ‘The Hammer’ stride out into open space for the Dolphins.”

Tabuai-Fidow has scored eight tries already this season for the Dolphins and will aim to add to that tally when they host the Gold Coast Titans in a South East Queensland derby at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).

Big deal for The Hammer

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