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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Just been reading the paper and another matai article in there, not online yet though

    In this one, his scummy manager has started talking the Sharks up as a possible destination as well

    I won't type the whole thing out, but here are some quotes from his manager

    *Warriors and Manly have both tabled 2 year deals, along with Cronulla

    *"The Sharks see him as an enforcer and intimidating player. There are not too many enforcers in Rugby League but he is certainly one of them"

    *Steve hasn't been to Auckland yet "He just basically needs to find the time to get over there. He's got to work the trip in between his training commitments"

    * Orr dismissed suggestions he was only courting the Warriors to boost Matai's price at Manly "I think he is a chance of signing with the Warriors. I know the CEO Wayne Scurrah and coach Ivan Cleary really well and if he wasn't interested in going home to New Zealand I wouldnn't be wasting their time. It's just a case, I think, of whether he wants to leave the club that he's had success with and that has given him his opportunity or head home. He is waiting to see what Manly are doing and where they are going. If they don't come up with a decent deal then, obviously, he'll look elsewhere"

    From Wayne Scurrah "The whole Matai situation is pretty much where it was 2 weeks ago. We've expressed an interest, I think Manly have made him a final offer and now he is going to sit back and consider whether he wants to come across and have a chat. We haven't gone cold on it but we are keen to know where we are"
     
  2. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    imo, that all sounds a hell of a lot more positive on our end of things
     
  3. MPC75

    MPC75 Well-Known Member

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    I could be wrong, but i get the feeling he will be staying. It seems to me that his manager is milking the eagles for all he can get. I can't blame him for that, that's his job. I couldn't see him joining Cronulla. How could you go from a consistent semi final team to a consistent bottom dweller, unless it was for big money of course.
     
  4. EagleRock40

    EagleRock40 Well-Known Member

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    If we've tabled him a 2 year offer, surely we could give him an option of a 3rd year?? That might just about get the deal done IMO.
     
  5. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    I thought that the Shark's pulled out
     
  6. slickster71

    slickster71 Member

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    The skarks have pulled out

    Manly has offered him a 3yr deal while the warriors have offered him a 2yr deal.

    the warriors have offered more money that manly have.
     
  7. OneEyedEagle

    OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You can't blame his manager trying to get the best deal for him!

    Matai is only 25, a 3 year deal wouldn't be that bad. Lets hope he puts pen to paper soon.
     
  8. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Play three more years for us then off to England.  That seems to be the exit strategy for many of our players.  And not a bad one either.  I'd bet that Anthony Toupu is sorry he didn't come to us when we offered.  Went to where he thought a premiership lay.  Silly thinking that Stuart would get them there. 
     
  9. Red Sea Eagle

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    Where does that leave Whare (if Matai leaves)?
     
  10. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    With an upgraded contract if he's got a smart manager.
     
  11. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Des said on the ABC on Sunday arvo that Manly were confident of retaining Matai!!
     
  12. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    Fingers crossed, I reckon "Shoulders" has a few more years left in him yet...agree 3 years and then ESL would be a great bet for him
     
  13. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    As time goes on and I read more stuff I am more confident he will stay

    I think his partner being due to give birth may be a factor in keeping him if she is an Aussie girl
     
  14. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Take the Sharks deal Steve.

    It will be a great career move. Look at Tupou for a example of what happens to rep careers at the Sharks
     
  15. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

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    Sharks cant get anybody there - even Barrett now tipped to go to the Eels.

    They will pay him world to go there but his career will go nowhere
     
  16. TokyoEagle

    TokyoEagle Well-Known Member

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    He won't go to the Sharks if he is a smart man. Options Manly, Warriors, Sharks, why would he go to the sharks no matter how much they were offering. I can see them becoming the new Canberra.
     
  17. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Barrett has purchased a house in Temora, and I am tipping he has a season in Group 9.
     
  18. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

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    Barrett has purchased a house in Temora, and I am tipping he has a season in Group 9.
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    They will improve now Stuart is gone, but then how could they not.
     
  19. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Just found this tagged onto the end of an article

     
  20. Townsville Eagle

    Townsville Eagle Active Member

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    "Hopefully we progress that this week," Scurrah said. "It's a wait and see on that at the moment.

    "He's probably favoured to stay at Manly at this stage. But who knows what will happen."

    Source:http://sportal.co.nz/league-news-display/blair-wants-nz-return-95115 [/quote]
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    Thats good news if its true.
     

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