Whilst it was an inconsistent year for the Manly Sea Eagles, the club is moving quickly to re-sign their crucial players and have retained another key piece of the puzzle.
On the back of re-signing the Trbojevic brothers, Manly have now re-signed Martin Taupau to a long-term deal until the end of 2020.
Signing a one-year extension to his existing deal, he is a player that the club wanted to retain.
“Martin Taupau is one of the best forwards in the world and he will only get better,” said Sea Eagles Head of Football, Bob Fulton.
“We are delighted to have him for another four years and his contract now has him in line in terms of length with the Trbojevic brothers Jake and Tom, who are also signed until the end of 2020.
“They, along with half-back Daly Cherry-Evans, will form the basis of a very strong team long term for the club.”
Also pleased is coach Trent Barrett, who knows just how destructive Taupau can be.
“Marty loves the club and wanted to commit for a long term because he likes the direction we are going,” Barrett said.
“He is a tremendous competitor, great trainer, and a player willing to do the things to make himself better. He will be a key player for Manly in the years ahead.”
Taupau is pleased to re-sign and enjoys working under the tutelage of Trent Barrett.
“I am very happy with this extension of my contract. I thoroughly enjoyed my first season with the Sea Eagles this year,” Taupau said.
“There is a lot to like about the direction the team is heading in. Trent Barrett is a wonderful coach and I look forward to further developing my game under him.”
Taupau is also keen to impress the Manly fans further and acknowledges their support of he and the club.
“The Sea Eagles are also making great progress off the field and I am glad to be part of their plans,” said Taupau.
“I have made my commitment to the club and I encourage supporters to do the same by becoming Members. They are the lifeblood of this club. I can’t wait to pull on the Manly jersey again next year.”