- Oct 25, 2004
God he was a great player
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It might have more to do with just wanting to stay out of the spotlight rather than a specific grievance against the club. He was always a humble, quiet bloke. Maybe he's just enjoying life after footy.He sure was and I miss Stevie too
Just wish he'd bury whatever grievance he has, moves on and gets involved with Manly again. Snake has, and its beyond me why he can't too...
Have patience lsz, we have good players coming through. As my good friend @Bearfax recently correctly opined, most players struggle a little when they come into first grade. But in players like Parker Funa and Suli we may (or may not!) be looking at future Manly stars, so enjoy their journey. I clearly recall Matai's debut (only watched it on tv at the Boatrowers Pub at Stockton) in a battling team and he looked energetic, at best. In fact for several years I recall him frequently being bagged by Manly fans, usually for being out of position in defence or ineffective in attack, or suspended. I also distinctly recall some journo asking Des a question that quite a few (including Manly fans) had been asking, namely, whether Matai's future might lie in the forwards.
Des replied in 4 words.
"Matai is a centre".
Which he proved conclusively to be correct!