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Matai may not play for Manly again

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Turbo, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. Turbo

    Turbo Well-Known Member

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    Matai may not play for Manly again
    By Tony Adams
    July 2, 2016



    CULT-HERO centre Steve Matai has almost certainly played his last game for Manly.







    The big hitter has been a favourite with the Brookvale faithful for over a decade and was ruled out for the season with a persistent neck injury.

    Matai, 31, has a year to run on his contract but RLW has learned that Manly officials want to cut him loose for 2017.

    Sources close to the veteran centre have revealed that Matai is prepared to retire – if Manly pay him for his final season next year.

    The Sea Eagles believe that Matai’s problems with injury – he has struggled with neck and shoulder problems for several seasons and bravely played on – have finally caught up with him.

    Matai played only eight games this season before club officials decided his neck needs surgery.

    The hard-hitting centre also has a long judiciary record and is known to be a player targeted by referees because of his extremely aggressive, take-no-prisoners defensive style.

    With star centre Jamie Lyon also retiring at the end of the season, it’ll be very much the end of an era at Manly.

    Sea Eagles recruit Dylan Walker, who’s been uncomfortable at five-eighth, will fill one centre spot, while Tom Trbojevic, a superstar in the making who has played mainly wing and fullback this season, is likely to take the other.

    Matai has been a loyal one-club man with 230 games for Manly since making his debut in 2005, scoring 91 tries.

    The Kiwi-born hardman is one of the most respected – and feared – centres in the NRL with his hard running and brutal defence, but his body has taken a pounding and he has struggled to recover.

    Several English clubs are keen on his services but he’s established with his family on Sydney’s northern beaches and doesn’t want to make the big move to the northern hemisphere.

    http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/matai-may-not-play-manly/

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    I would rather Skivvi stay another year so we can wait until a good centre is off contract. But I wouldn't mind Brenko Lee, he is quick and big, him and Dylan in the centres would be a good combo and hopefully stay for 10 years.
     
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  2. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly can't pay him out, outside of the Cap - so Matai will stay. :)
     
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  3. Turbo

    Turbo Well-Known Member

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    He wouldn't be contracted if we didn't have the money to pay him.
     
  4. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Turbo can you please include the link when you post an article?
     
  5. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Exactly my point, Matai is part of the 2017 Manly Cap, so Manly can't use that money for anyone else.

    If his operation results in the Doctor deeming him to be unsuitable for contact sports, then Matai could get a Choc style retirement and Manly free up his Cap monies.
     
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  6. Turbo

    Turbo Well-Known Member

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    Sorry mate when I copy and paste stuff from the Rugby League Week site it usually doesn't include a link for some reason but here you go

    http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/matai-may-not-play-manly/
     
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  7. Dinga

    Dinga Active Member

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    If true why cant we do the same as what the eels did with Watmough. Surely Matais injury is not pre existing.
     
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  8. JenEagle

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    This is an old article. Some journo just copied and pasted it. We all read that a couple of weeks ago. I don't believe manly want to "cut him loose". They are prob concerned about his neck issues for not just next year but life after footy. I think he should retire as he has achieved it all and his neck is more important than another year of NRL.
     
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  9. conanu

    conanu Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Tony Adams from RLW is the Mole on twitter. I don't think it matters if it is a pre existing injury for Matai because he has only ever played for us so it would have to be a pre existing injury before he came to the club. That pre-existing injury thing is only there if he has moved to a new club like Watmough had done with Parra. I would think if it is a career ending neck injury the NRL would allow him to retire without it counting to our cap, they would have a duty of care to facilitate that.
     
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  10. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Has got another season left in him.
    Let him see out his contract
     
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  11. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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    I think it's a rehash of his own work from a few weeks ago.
     
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  12. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  13. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member

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    No worries doctor
     
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  14. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I meant to mention to you after your request for the link that I added the link to the end of the article (in Turbo's originating post) yesterday afternoon but I got side-tracked and forgot. [​IMG]

    :)
     
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    Matai’s career hangs by a thread
    By Tony Adams
    August 27, 2016


    A TINY titanium plate will determine whether tough Manly centre Steve Matai is able to play football again.

    In the same week that the Sea Eagles are farewelling star centre Jamie Lyon in their last home game for 2016, RLW can reveal that his partner in crime is battling to save his career.

    The 32-year-old Kiwi is among the most respected players in the NRL because of his no-nonsense style and ability to play through pain, but his career’s now hanging in the balance.

    http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/joeys-little-brother-bound-belmore/
     
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  17. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    He does, but he also deserves life after footy healthy, some big decisions coming up for all concerned.
     
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  18. CBreeagles

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    Would like these decisions to be made before the off-season starts we need the entire team to be on one page and ready to go in to '17 with no interruptions or player movements.
     
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    Matai’s career hangs by a thread
    By Tony Adams
    August 27, 2016

    A TINY titanium plate will determine whether tough Manly centre Steve Matai is able to play football again.

    In the same week that the Sea Eagles are farewelling star centre Jamie Lyon in their last home game for 2016, RLW can reveal that his partner in crime is battling to save his career.

    The 32-year-old Kiwi is among the most respected players in the NRL because of his no-nonsense style and ability to play through pain, but his career’s now hanging in the balance.

    Matai had surgery on a chronic neck injury two months ago and is praying a titanium plate inserted into his spinal cord will give his body the strength to play again.

    http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/matai...21690274538880&adbpl=fb&adbpr=110919635615955
     
  20. JenEagle

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    I love skivvy but it is seriously not worth it to keep playing or take any risks with a neck injury like that. He is only 32. He has another 60 years to get through.

    He's had a wonderful career with nothing left to prove.

    Like Watmough hopfully insurance will cover his final year.
     
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