A few short years ago, a potential career hung in the balanace for Manu Ma’u. But fast forward to 2016 and with a new lease on life, the powerful back-rower has re-signed with the Parramatta Eels.
The new deal is just rewards for the tiresome back-rower, one of the Eels most consistent performers over the last couple of seasons.
The new deal is one that will run until the end of the 2019 season, and follows a slew of previous signings, all of similar lengths for the Eels side.
Debuting for the club in Rd 1 of 2014 after the Eels took a chance on him, he has not disappointed the Eels faithful or coach Brad Arthur.
Playing in 57 NRL games to date, the recently crowned Ken Thornett Medallist also made his debut for the New Zealand Kiwis side earlier this year.
Fast becoming a fan favourite for his on-field tenacity and hard work and his shy off-field persona, his impact is noticeable from all levels.
“Manu has been an essential player for our Club ever since he debuted for us in 2014. His energy and commitment is outstanding and he continues to be one of our strongest contributors each week,” said Eels Head Coach, Brad Arthur.
“It was important for our club that Manu remains with us in the long term and I am very pleased that we have been able to achieve this not only with him but with a number of our key players over the past few weeks.”