He is one of their most inspirational players as well as a key player, and his loyalty has been rewarded, with Warriors captain Simon Mannering re-signing with the New Zealand Warriors until the end of the 2015 NRL season.

The new contract will see Mannering go to equal second on the Warriors long-serving player list, in the club’s history.

Mannering, 28, has committed to the club until the end of 2015, which will see him play in Warriors colours for 11 years, equalling Awen Guttenbeil in 2nd spot, and one season behind Warriors legend Stacey Jones.

“It’s a bit of a relief to have this sorted out early so all the focus is on football,” he said.

“I love being at the Vodafone Warriors. It’s a great club to be a part of and there’s plenty to be excited about for the future.

“I’m just looking forward now to starting the season. We’ve got such a huge game against Manly at Eden Park to start it off. It’s going to be a really big day for all of us.”

For new Warriors coach Brian McClennan, retaining Mannering was a crucial key for the club.

“Simon means so much to the Vodafone Warriors,” he said.

“This is where it all started for him and it’s so important he stays because of what he has to offer our team and our club right now and in the future.

“It’s also great that we were able to let our Vodafone Warriors members know about this first. They provide such wonderful support for our club.”

By ricky

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