A fan favourite for many years now, New Zealand Warriors fans will be pleased to know that boom winger Manu Vatuvei has signed a new deal until the end of 2018.
In his 12th consecutive season as a Warrior, Vatuvei recently joined the 200-game club and set an all-time record for most tries by a Kiwi player, and will look to build on that over coming seasons.
The man himself is just grateful for the opportunities he was given by the club from a young age.
â€œIâ€™m so grateful to the club for giving me the chance to stay here this long,â€ said Vatuvei.
â€œMy manager Pete (Peter Brown) looked at some other options including rugby union but I wanted to stay at the Vodafone Warriors. It has always been my vision growing up at the club to be a Warrior for life.”
He was quick to thank the club, the fans and the staff for their continued support and wants to make the most of his playing days at the club.
â€œI want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, the players, the coaches, the staff and all the members and fans who have given me so much support through the years,” said Vatuvei.
â€œIâ€™m really pleased to have this contract and Iâ€™ll do everything I can to repay the faith the club has shown in me.â€
Knowing how important Vatuvei is to the club, it was imperative to keep him and club Managing Director Jim Doyle is excited to see the hulking winger stay.
â€œManu is so important in an all-round sense to the Vodafone Warriors,â€ he said.
â€œHeâ€™s exceptionally popular with everyone inside and outside the club. We value what he means for us and what he also means to rugby league.â€
Also pleased is head coach Andrew McFadden, who has been involved with Vatuvei for several seasons.
â€œItâ€™s a tribute to Manu and a reflection of the regard we hold him in that he is set to extend his career to 15 seasons. Thatâ€™s an exceptional achievement,â€ McFadden said.
â€œHe is hugely important to our side and to the club as a whole. The contribution he continues to make is outstanding and he has certainly started this season very well.â€