Brotherly trio re-sign with Newcastle

Sione, Pat & Chanel Mata'utia

There was mounting speculation as to whether or not they would stay or leave the club but that can now cease, with the Mata’utia trio opting to re-sign with the Newcastle Knights.

Some reports had them linked with the Canterbury Bulldogs and other reports suggested there was a rift of some sort with their agent but the club are pleased to retain the talented, future stars.

At 18, 21 and 22, the three Mata’utia brothers – Sione, Chanel and Pat – have been involved within the Knights ranks from the very beginning and are accustomed to the club, their standards and their expectations.

The trio have signed new three-year deals and Sione could not be happier that he and his two brothers will stay at the Knights for years to come.

“It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been wanting to seal the deal for a while but certain circumstance sort of held that for a bit,” Sione said following the re-signing announcement.

“It’s a big day for us and it’s another opportunity that we are truly blessed.

“Another three years in Newcastle is another great option for us as well.”

Their mum played a huge role in the decision and given the close family bond they share, they know just how happy she will also be.

“We had a few influences at home through mum, she wanted to stay,” Sione said.

“We signed and are happy here.

“She’s obviously a big reason why we want to stay, I guess she’s going to be over the moon.”

Although 21-year old Pat is yet to make his professional first-grade debut, he hopes that an opportunity will come through hard work and consistency.

“Right now I just want to play (NSW) Cup and play well and get some games up,” Pat said.

“Hopefully Stoney sees something in me and I get a chance up there with the boys.”

As for Chanel, he knows that patience is going to be the key, especially with many talented backs at the club. He is willing to bide his time and knows that he also needs to work hard and get consistency into his game.

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of to play NRL, along side all these quality players,” Chanel said.

“From my point of view, I’m still young and being patient is what I’m going to settle with.

“I believe we have the two best wingers in the game Aku (Uate) and James (McManus) and their performances in the first two round have been outstanding.

“Just for me I have to be patient and work hard and just focus on my footy.

“Anywhere I can play first grade I’ll take my opportunity.”

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