Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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The new deal is a significant boost leading into this weekend’s NRL Auckland Nines tournament and secures the prop forward until the end of the 2017 season with the option of a fourth year within the contract.
Woods made his NRL debut in the 2011 season and has gone on to play 64 matches for the Wests Tigers, already establishing himself as part of the Club’s leadership group at just 22-years of age.
“I’m really happy with the new deal, it’s great to get it out of the way before the season starts so I can concentrate on footy,” Woods said.
“As a local junior, all I wanted to do is stay with the Club so I’m really excited."
“We have a good platform for the next couple of years with talented young guys coming through and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to stay.”
Head Coach Mick Potter was pleased with new deal for Woods that will see him remain at the Club until the end of the 2017 season.
“I’m really pleased that Aaron will be a part of the Wests Tigers for another three years,” said Potter.
“Re-signing a player like Aaron on a long-term contract provides great stability for our club and is a massive step forward as we build for the future."
“It’s great to see Aaron decide to stay with the club and he’s a key part of our future plans."
“The club’s had a couple of tough years on the field but I’m confident that with players such as Aaron on our roster we will be stronger in the years to come.”
Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer says there are exciting times ahead at the Club.
“Aaron is a great young guy who is no doubt ahead of his time, at just 22-years-old he is already part of our leadership group,” Mayer said.
“Many of the younger players look up to Aaron and it’s great to have a player of his calibre at the Club.”
Woods made a successful return from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for the latter part of 2013 on Saturday in the 32-8 win over Penrith at Kirkham Oval, Camden.