Stephen Perofeta signs contract extension with Blues

Stephen Perofeta has played 45 times for Blues
Stephen Perofeta has played 45 times for Blues

Blues have announced that Stephen Perofeta has signed a contract extension with the Super Rugby club at least until the end of 2024 season.

Having started his career with Wanganui in 2015, the 25-year-old switched to Taranaki in 2016 and made his Super Rugby debut with Blues a year later. Having played over 50 games for Taranaki, he now joins the likes of Beauden Barrett, Ricky Riccitelli and Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepens in extending his stay at the club.

The 25-year-old has played 45 times for Blues and was the equal top scorer of the competition with 129 points, and played in 14 games this season. He was also voted voted Players’ Player of the Year and Back of the Year.

“We are developing into a good team of good mates, but we also know there is a lot more to come yet and I’m keen to be part of it,” said Perofeta to the club's official website.

“I have enjoyed this year and loved he relationship with Beauden, both at Taranaki and at the Blues.”

Blues head coach Leon MacDonald expressed delight in Perofeta remaining with the club.

“Stevie’s development since he came the Blues five years ago has been remarkable, and off the back of an outstanding NPC for Taranaki, he has taken his game to another level, especially forming a unique partnership with Beauden,” said MacDonald.

“We are thrilled to have him on the field for at least two more years, while off it, he is one of the most popular people in our organisation, and a very good person who strongly represents our values.”