By PATRICIA KEAMO
DONCASTER centre and former Papua New Guinea Kumul Jason Tali has signed a two-year extension with the English third tier rugby league club.
The new deal will see the Western Highlander play his seventh season with Doncaster next year, having joined the club in 2016.
Anticipating a stronger campaign next year, the 33-year-old told The National that he was happy to re-sign with Doncaster.
“I am grateful to have renewed my contract,” Tali said last week.
“I am thankful to Doncaster for the two-year deal.
“For now, I’m looking forward to the League One pre-season next month and preparing for the new season in March.” Tali completed his sixth season with Doncaster on a high note after playing his 100th game with the club in June and his first grand final early last month.
He said 2021 had been a great year despite the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on sports.
Tali was also voted as Doncaster’s player of the year earlier this month after he scored 12 tries across 19 matches in the season.
He is now ranked as Doncaster’s third all-time try-scorer.
“Receiving that award as well as my second back-of-the-year honour is a wonderful achievement,” he said.
“For now, I’m focused on the next season and also preparing myself for next year’s Rugby League World Cup, if given the chance.
“I know that selections for the Kumuls are based around Australia’s National Rugby League, the English Super League and the Queensland Intrust Super Cup, but I see no difference. I’ve represented the country and played in a World Cup, and I’m still playing the code.
“I appeal to the Kumuls selectors to consider League 1 and championship players from PNG.
“We’re still flying the colours of PNG here and hope to be considered for selection.”
By PATRICIA KEAMO