Maximus Ventures Ltd.
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Maximus Ventures Ltd.

February 21, 2008 09:00 ET

Maximus and NFX Confirm the Extension of the Fernland Mineralization at Larder Lake, Ontario

Hole #21 Intersects 28.1 g/t Au over 1.0 m

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - Maximus Ventures Ltd. ("Maximus") (TSX VENTURE:MXV) and NFX Gold Inc. ("NFX") (TSX VENTURE:NFX) are pleased to announce today the results from six follow-up drill holes located in the Fernland area of the Larder Lake Property in Ontario. The six holes tested for down-plunge (down to 400m vertical) and lateral (200m east and west) extensions of the high-grade gold zone intersected in hole #13 (6.9 g/t Au over 13.5 m, and including 13.1 g/t Au over 6.0 m as reported in the November 1st and 6th, 2007 press releases). Five of the six follow-up holes intersected gold mineralization, including hole #21 which intersected 28.1 g/t Au over 1.0 m.

Fernland Zone Results

Preliminary geological interpretation, based on the results obtained from all the drilling in the Fernland area, shows that the mineralization is more complex than anticipated. Based on intercepts to date, high-grade gold shoots occurring at Fernland appear to be confined to the immediate vicinity (within 100m) of NW trending faults. This was confirmed by hole #13's gold-rich intersection which is located less than 50m from one of those faults (Fig. 1). Furthermore, holes 19 and 21, both drilled within 100m of the same fault zone all intersected highly anomalous gold values. Hole #18, drilled west of the fault, cut the mineralized horizon which graded 0.5 g/t Au over 21.0 m, including 0.7 g/t Au over 10.7 m. Hole #19 intersected 0.5 g/t Au over 22.9 m, including a section grading 5.9 g/t Au over 1.5 m. Hole #20 followed the fault zone almost all the way down and cut disrupted shreds of the mineralized horizon grading 1.2 g/t Au over 5.8 m, including 3.1 g/t Au over 1.3 m. Hole #21 cut two discontinuous sections of gold mineralization grading 2.1 g/t Au over 0.8 m and 28.1 g/t over 1.0 m respectively. Holes #22 and #23 did not intersect significant gold values along the target horizon and seem to have been drilled outside of the high-grade shoot.

Hole #22 did encounter a gold zone along a different structure from the other holes in the area grading 1.6 g/t Au over 3.0 m, including 3.2 g/t Au over 1.1 m and 5.8 g/t Au over 1.2 m. The intersection is characterized by narrow pyrite-bearing quartz-carbonate veins. The different style of mineralization and the different position of the zone suggest the presence of a new gold zone that will be evaluated for future drilling.

Although apparently somewhat limited (100 to 150 m) in strike length, these mineralized shoots have proved to contain high-grade gold values within large gold-anomalous halos around the fault zones. Based on this, a thorough compilation is underway to fully assess the attitude and economic potential of these high-grade zones at Fernland in order to assist with planning additional drilling.



Highlights of Larder Lake Assay Results - Fernland area

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Hole no. From To Length Au Mineralization Type
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NFX07-12(i) Hole abandoned
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NFX07-13(i) 177.0 183.0 6.0 13.1 "Flow"-type; 5 to 25% Py
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Including 177.0 180.0 3.0 19.9
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NFX07-18 198.0 219.0 21.0 0.5 "Flow"-type; 3 to 10% Py
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198.8 209.5 10.7 0.7
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NFX07-19 250.7 273.6 22.9 0.5 "Flow"-type; 5 to 15% Py
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Including 257.0 258.5 1.5 5.9
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NFX07-20 406.7 412.5 5.8 1.2 "Flow"-type; 5% Py
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406.7 408.0 1.3 3.1
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NFX07-21 247.0 247.8 0.8 2.1 Qz-carb veinlets
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282.0 283.0 1.0 28.1 Qz veinlets + v.g.
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NFX07-22 534.2 535.4 1.2 5.8 Qz-carb veinlets + 1-5% Py
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549.0 552.0 3.0 1.6 Qz veinlets + 5-10% Py
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including 550.3 551.4 1.1 3.2
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NFX07-23: No significant assay result
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(i) Hole NFX07-12 and 13 previously released


Bear Lake Zone

The 43,000 m drilling program planned at Larder Lake is proceeding as scheduled with three drills operating from the ice surface on Bear Lake. In January, a 34,000 m drill program commenced at Bear Lake in order to systematically test the Bear Lake high-grade gold zones intersected in hole #11 (10.4 g/t Au over 5.2 m, including 20.8 g/t Au over 1.5 m and 8.0 g/t Au over 10.2 m, including 18.6 g/t over 4.2 m as reported on August 16, 2007). The current drill program will investigate the zone along strike and down-plunge to a vertical depth of 1,000 m.

Larder Lake Property

Maximus is conducting the drilling program pursuant to the Option and Joint Venture Agreement between Maximus and NFX, whereby Maximus has the right to earn a 60% interest in NFX's 100% interest in the Cheminis, Fernland and Bear Lake claims and 45% interest in NFX's 100% owned Barber Larder claims, by expending $6 million on exploration by December 31, 2008.

As part of its QA/QC program, Maximus carries out check assays on the high-grade intersections with no discrepancies found in the assay results. The turnaround time for the reception of assay results from the lab has been very slow since September, due to the very large amount of samples received with the end of the field season. The situation is gradually returning to normal.

The technical content of the information, related to Larder Lake, was reviewed by Mr. Bernard Boily, P. Geo., responsible for supervising the drilling program and qualified person for Maximus under the guidelines of National Instrument 43-101. The analytical method for gold is one (1) assay-ton fire assay, AA determination with gravimetric finish on all samples reporting over 2 grams per tonne (g/t) gold. Assaying is done at Laboratoire Expert Inc. in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. The quality control process includes inserting blank samples and certified standards within each batch sent to the laboratory.

Forward-looking Statements

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To view a map of the Fernland Area Flow-type Gold Zone, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/NFX221map.pdf

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