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Matai to stay an Eagle

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kevinward777, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. Kevinward777

    Kevinward777 Well-Known Member

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    The Lurker has Matai re-signing with us and playing out his career as an Eagle!
     
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  2. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Aaaahhh sh1t!!! He's gone. :(

    @:p
     
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  3. mjb136

    mjb136 MWSE fanatic Premium Member

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    Leaving aside the fact this is from the lurker, i am very happy to hear this.
     
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  4. highlandeagle

    highlandeagle Still hating Gallop

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    Hopefully foz is next,they both epitomise manly, tough!!
     
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  5. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Choc was tough. He played with a torn bicep for weeks and.....

    OK. Now I'm just stirring...:devil:

    Great news about Matai, if true.
     
  6. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Onya Steve - Manly legend
     
  7. mjb136

    mjb136 MWSE fanatic Premium Member

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    FROM THE CLUB - GREAT NEWS!!!!

    Steve Matai extends Sea Eagles stay till 2017



    The future of star Manly Warringah Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai has been finalised today with the 203 game veteran putting pen to paper on a two year contract extension with the Club.

    To watch the interview with Matai click here.

    The new deal is just reward for the 30-year-old who has just come off one of his finest seasons in the maroon and white. Matai crossed the line on 13 occasions while also adding nine assists and 16 line–breaks in his 25 appearances.

    The former New Zealand international was delighted to have committed to the Club until the end of the 2017 season.

    “Signing a new deal is always a great feeling, but signing on with the same Club after all these years is something pretty special,” Matai said.

    “There’s been a lot of speculation of late, so to have my future sorted before the start of the season is great. It means my focus can simply go back to ensuring I’m fit and ready for action as soon as possible.”

    “The main priority was always my family – my partner Kate and my two little kids. Everything I do is for them. They start school soon, so not having to relocate definitely played a part in the decision too. My goal is always to make them happy. If they’re happy, then I’m happy and I’ve done my job.”

    “We’ve got a developed and proud winning culture here at the Club which has been established over many years, and I know we’ve got the players, talent and desire to be up there once again,” Matai said.

    Since making his debut back in 2005 against the Melbourne Storm, Matai’s uncompromising style of defence and attack has led him to become one of the most feared players in the game.

    Sea Eagles CEO Joe Kelly acknowledged that while there may have been other NRL teams showing interest in Matai, seeing him at another Club was never an option.

    “We identified Steve as a really important part of our retention strategy this season. We’re absolutely delighted that he’s made the decision to stay with us until the end of 2017, as he’s one of the most damaging and powerful players in our game.” Mr Kelly said.

    “For Sea Eagles Members and fans to know they won’t have to worry about seeing Steve line-up against the Club over the next few seasons is extremely pleasing. To also see Steve remain a one-club player in this era, really does put him in very elite company and is a special achievement.”

    Sea Eagles Coach Geoff Toovey was equally assertive about the impact the centre has on the squad.

    “It’s wonderful news for Steve and wonderful news for the Club. He’s a fantastic athlete and showed everyone again last season how influential he is to our side,” Toovey said.

    “It’s not just how brutal he can be in defence, as he’s a far more well-rounded footballer than that. In attack he was our second highest try-scorer, made the most tackle busts and averaged almost 120m per-game. In any language, those stats are immense and a testament to how much he puts on the line each week.”

    “We’re very lucky to have now have the two best, most experienced centres in the game right now locked up for the next few years. As a coach, you can’t be much happier than that,” he added.

    Steve Matai
    Age: 30
    Born: Auckland, NZ
    NRL Debut: v Storm 27/03/2005
    NRL Games: 203
    NRL Tries: 80
    NRL Goals: 20
    NRL Points: 360
    NRL Premierships: 2 (08’,11’)
    International Caps: 10 (New Zealand)
     
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  8. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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    :party:

    And:

    “For Sea Eagles Members and fans to know they won’t have to worry about seeing Steve line-up against the Club over the next few seasons is extremely pleasing. To also see Steve remain a one-club player in this era, really does put him in very elite company and is a special achievement.”

    Someone out west will hear of that and his thick, brainless head will explode...
     
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  9. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Has made my day, my week and my year
     
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  10. highlandeagle

    highlandeagle Still hating Gallop

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  11. mjb136

    mjb136 MWSE fanatic Premium Member

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    mine too.

    now we wait for the other two....i think this is positive for retaining Kieran.
     
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  12. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sweeeeeeeeeetttt. Happy days, so stoked he is staying. He's in great form too.

    Some good news at last after all the other crap going on. Well done Tooves and whoever else stitched this up. This should get the great man close to 300 games if he lasts the distance.
     
  13. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    YE HA ! That's got me looking forward to watching the 2015 season. Great News !
     
  14. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    BUT, wasn't he going to the Warriors??

    According to the Mole, the Lurker, Buzz and every other footy journo.

    Those Wankers know nothing , all just guesswork!!
     
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  15. MightyEagles

    MightyEagles Active Member

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    Well that's fantastic news. I guess steve didn't have time for a coffee with twatnow. Maybe Foz will ditch his sorry arse as well. I think twat may be on his own having a MUGachinno. Great work Joe Kelly and crew. One down two too go
     
  16. ManlyArmy

    ManlyArmy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I thought he would play for Parra, Cronulla and the Warriors, one team each Round.
     
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  17. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    That is just excellent news
     
  18. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    To be honest makes me care less about the other two
     
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  19. double hoops

    double hoops Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Well well well not moving to NZ or the Goldy after all. Once again nothing but crap drippled by Gav. Poor poor form.
     
  20. TWO DOGS

    TWO DOGS Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Great news - a genuine Manly man.
     
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