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Rebecca DUI Wilson - 25 May 2012
Premiership-winning centre and Kiwi international Steve Matai has agreed to extend his playing career with the Sea Eagles.
Already contracted until the end of 2013, the new deal will see Matai in the maroon and white until the end of the 2015 season.
Coach Geoff Toovey said the powerhouse centre, who has been at Manly since his NRL debut in 2005, plays an important leadership role at the club.
â€œSteve is a vital part of our team and over the years heâ€™s matured into a great leader,â€ Toovey said.
â€œThe other boys love playing alongside him and thatâ€™s one of the best endorsements a footballer can get.â€
Chief Operating Officer David Perry said itâ€™s another huge boost for the Sea Eagles.
â€œSteve has shown great loyalty to the club and weâ€™re really pleased to be able to extend his contract,â€ Perry said.
Matai debuted for the Sea Eagles in 2005. He has played 140 first grade games for the Sea Eagles and 12 Tests for New Zealand.