Monday, January 6, 2020
Steamers player of the year Chase Tiatia has re-signed with Bay Rugby for next year’s Mitre 10 Cup.
Tiatia played a crucial role in helping the Steamers secure a Championship win and promotion to the Premiership for next year. His stellar season for the Union was also recognised at this year’s ASB Rugby Awards with the fullback/midfielder being awarded the Duane Monkley for top performer in the Mitre 10 Cup.
The 24-year-old says he is happy to sign once again with Bay of Plenty Rugby for 2020.
“I’ve got a good thing going at the moment and I’m looking to carry it through to the next season. I’ve really enjoyed playing with a good bunch of boys, that make it fun to turn up to training every day and enjoy playing expansive rugby.”
Although Tiatia has returned to Wellington for the Hurricane’s preseason, the talented rugby player is looking forward to spending time with family through the festive season.
“I enjoy spending time with the family, just relaxing and having some fun. But I’ll be back into training pretty early in the new year.”
Tiatia has kept his goals for 2020, nice and simple for the next Mitre 10 Cup season.
“I guess everyone wants to win a championship and lift a trophy at the end of the year, but for me, it’s just staying injury-free and playing rugby each week. That’s what I find enjoyment with and that’s what I like doing. As long as I’m doing that, I’m a happy man."
Steamers coach Clayton McMillan says he is happy to have Tiatia signed up for next season.
“Chase brings a lot to the team environment and 2020 is promising to be an exciting and challenging year for us. We want to build on what we achieved last year.”