KAUFUSI'S NEW DEAL: Felise signs on until the end of next year
LEAGUE: In the end it was a really easy decision for Felise Kaufusi to stay with the Melbourne Storm.
Despite rumours of moves to other clubs, including to brother Patrick's club North Queensland, the 24-year-old yesterday signed a new deal with four other Storm players to stay with the ladder leaders until the end of next season.
Getting the move done right before Melbourne enters the final, Felise admitted it was good to sign the deal and get it out of the way.
"It's good to put pen to paper and stay with the Storm,” he said.
"I can now focus on playing and helping the team in the upcoming finals.”
In his best season so far in the NRL, Felise has played 21 matches with Melbourne winning 17 of them.
Averaging almost 60 metres in his runs as well, the former Past Brothers junior has also scored four tries.
He was also selected as the 18th man for the Queensland Maroons for State of Origin 3.
Felise said his season has been good because of consistency in his game.
"I'm just making sure I'm playing good football each week,” he said.
"I've developed a lot as a player and that is showing in my game.”
He also said he was confident of maintaining his performances next year.
"At the end of the season I'll go back to drawing board and work on what I need to improve on,” he said.
"I have plenty of confidence in my game.”
With a big match as well this weekend, it could be a week of celebrations for the Storm forward.
They will take on Cronulla in Melbourne for the minor premiership, in a winner-takes-all encounter.
He said ending the regular season as the number one team would be great for the side.
"Obviously winning the minor premiership would be massive for us,” he said.
"Our focus though is on playing well this week and building momentum for the finals the week after.”
With Felise expected to play in his first finals series as well, he can't wait to play on the big stage.
"It will be good to get some game time,” he said.
"At the moment though I'm not looking too far ahead and I'm just concentrating on Saturday.”
With the prospect of facing his brother Patrick in the final as well, with the Cowboys in the top eight, Felise said it would be special for the family to have both brothers play against each other.
For now though the focus is on Saturday with Felise hoping a big crowd can turn up in Melbourne.
Late yesterday afternoon he was named on the bench for the vital match.