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Moore keen to lock in Maitua at Bulldogs

By Liam FitzGibbon 14/04/2008 06:52:14 PM Comments (0)

New Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore is hoping his long association with Reni Maitua will help convince the unsettled lock to remain at the NRL club.

Maitua is reportedly after a release from his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

He has endured a checkered history with the club, one marred by several alcohol-related incidents, the latest of which saw him dropped to NSW Cup last month.

Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg was on Monday night due to meet with Maitua and his manager to clarify his future but both he and Moore were confident they could convince the former Test lock to stay at the club.

"I've had a fair bit to do with Reni," Moore said.

"When he came through the lower grades I had him in one of my premiership winning sides.

"Obviously Reni's had a little bit of turmoil in his life over the last few months but it's nothing we can't work through.

"I think he's not only a fantastic footballer but I've got a lot of time for Reni as a person so we need to make sure that we make Reni happy and make sure that he wants to stay here long term.

"We want a fit, in-form Reni Maitua at the club and certainly I'll get involved in any discussions that Todd might have."

Maitua was dropped by Steve Folkes last month after he was seen in a drunken state at an Oxford St nightclub at 9.30am on a Sunday morning.

A rib injury has prevented a first-grade recall, but speculation has been mounting he wants to leave the club.

Adding to that, Maitua reportedly posted on the MySpace page of former teammate Jamahl Lolesi, who plays for Huddersfield, saying he wanted to leave Sydney.

But Greenberg said the club wanted to do everything possible to help Maitua get settled and return to the form that saw him win a Test jersey in 2006.

"Reni is a big part of our plans going forward, we want to try and help him in every possible way to make sure he gets back to the sort of form he was in when he had a Kangaroos jersey," Greenberg said.

"We don't want a player who doesn't want to be in our organisation, but hopefully Reni does."

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