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So Long & Thanks For All The Hits - RLW 23/6/16

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  1. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Brookie bash artist Steve Matai at long odds to play for Manly again.
    Tony Adams - RLW 23/6/16

    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 last week 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.
    Manly believe that Matai's problems with injury- he has struggled with neck 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 this 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 Trbejovic, 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 hard man 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.
     
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  2. Budgewoi Eagle

    Budgewoi Eagle In for the long haul. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Hate it when the inevitable happens.
    The positive about this? Two of my favourite Manly legends (Tooves and Matai) will now have gotten a year's pay for doing sweet fa - and both deserved.
    Good luck to ya Stevie, we really will miss you.
    And thanks for every hit, tackle bust, try, try assist, and even the odd goal. But most of all, thanks for leading by example!
     
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  3. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Why can't Steve be given an off-field role, say as an Assistant to the Defensive Coach? We don;t want his passion for the Sea Eagles to be lost, and I'm sure he can play an important part in a 2017 Manly revival.
     
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  4. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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    Sad but inevitable is correct. He kind of needs to be saved from himself at this point if he wants a decent retirement (physically).
     
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  5. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  6. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The selfish side of me still wants him back next year but if he genuinely feels it's the right time then I respect his decision .

    Thanks for all the memories Steve. In a golden decade you were a Champion among Champions !
     
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  7. pjayz

    pjayz Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Champion bloke, champion player.
     
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  8. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I wish our coach would retire this year as well
     
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  9. mave

    mave Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Medical retirement is not included in the cap i assume.
     
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  10. sean john

    sean john Haters gonna hate..

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    Haha show turbo this article will be good for laugh to see his reaction once again that tommy is primed for the centre position
     
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  11. EagleFromMay1967

    EagleFromMay1967 In bed before the room got dark.

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  12. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Nothing formal yet of course, but this news is hardly a big surprise.
    Matai is a champion who is too brave for his own good, and has played a key role in making Manly a feared team for the last decade.
     
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  13. Harvies elbow

    Harvies elbow Well-Known Member

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    Loved this bloke. But probably better for his long term well being. If you didn't see Randall or Reilly play just remember skivvie. Bit of both of em in him he just had a more pace.
     
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  14. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    Sad news, but still pissed off at the fact that he asked for a release in 2014 to go to the Warriors in 2015 for four years and we knocked him back, that would have been beneficial to both Steve and Manly
     
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  15. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Tuffest player of his generation and a few others.

    One of my all time favourites.

    One club player.

    By all reports an absolute champion of the field.
     
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  16. north coast eagle

    north coast eagle Active Member

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    Thanks for all the hits and line breaks and for putting your body on the line for your club. You will go down in history with the likes of Terry Randall as one of Manly's toughest. Thanks Steve.
     
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  17. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    As we have seen with Choc, its the way to go.

    Good luck Matai and thanks for the memories.
     
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  18. Chip and Chase

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

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    I hope that this turns out to be an unfounded rumour. It'll be sad day when he does make it official. I was so hoping he'd get those next 9 tries to join the 100 club.
     
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  19. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Yes he deserved a watmough like retirement payment from the warriors
     
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  20. Budgewoi Eagle

    Budgewoi Eagle In for the long haul. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Forgot to add: I absolutely love his smile.
     
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