Fa'asuamaleaui extends Titans NRL contract

Gold Coast have fended off interest from the NRL's newest club to lock in power forward Tino Fa'asuamaleaui to a long-term deal.

TINO FA'ASUAMALEAUI.
TINO FA'ASUAMALEAUI. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

State of Origin forward Tino Fa'asuamaleaui has signed a long-term NRL contract extension with Gold Coast that will keep him at the Titans until the end of 2026.

In a coup for the Titans amid strong interest from incoming Queensland franchise the Dolphins for 2023, Fa'asuamaleaui has agreed to a reported $3.3 million contract upgrade.

Fa'asuamaleaui switched from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 2021 and confirmed his standing as one of the best young forwards in the NRL.

He won the club's Paul Broughton Medal and is rated a future Titans captain.

The 21-year-old played 27 games across two seasons for Melbourne and made his State of Origin debut for Queensland in 2020 before moving north.

Titans coach Justin Holbrook says Fa'asuamaleaui's decision to stay at the Titans is a huge vote of confidence in the club's future.

"He is completely invested in what we are developing here on the Coast ... we've got a wonderful core group of young players that can bring success to the Gold Coast in the years to come," Holbrook said.