With the 2015 season just around the corner, the New Zealand Warriors have received a huge boost, with international prop Ben Matulino agreeing to a new 2-year contract with the club.
The new deal will see Matulino remain with the club until the end of the 2017 season and as a result, Matulino will join only a few Warriors players to have played in 10 seasons or more for the club.
Just the 10th player to play in 150 games for the Warriors, Matulino is pleased that he gets to continue his career in Auckland.
â€œIâ€™m really pleased to have my future sorted out now before the season starts,â€ he said.
â€œThere was interest from other clubs but this is where I want to be.
â€œThe Vodafone Warriors have done so much for me and I owe them for the support.
One big factor behind the decision to stay is the culture that the club is building and developing under the tutelage of coach Andrew McFadden.
â€œI really like the culture Cappy (head coach Andrew McFadden) is building and feel our future is looking good. Thatâ€™s something I want to be a part of,” said Matulino.
â€œThis is also a great group of players to be around, the ones who have been there all the way along like Simon (Mannering), Manu (Vatuvei) and Sam (Rapira) as well as the young players coming through.â€
For McFadden, the key is to retain the best players the club has to offer and Matulino fits that bill to the tee.
â€œBen has great standing as one of the best front rowers in the game today,â€ McFadden said.
â€œHeâ€™s also a fantastic advertisement for our development system and for the NYC, the way he has come through to achieve so much at both NRL and international level.
â€œIt was really important for us to extend Benâ€™s time with us. He has so much more to offer and is a real key to our future.â€