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Vatuvei re-signs with Warriors

24/08/2010 04:26:18 PM Comments (0)

Big winger Manu Vatuvei has inked a deal with the Warriors that will see the NRL international stay in New Zealand until 2013.

The man with the golden smile wouldn't reveal how much money he'll be banking after extending his contract, but told reporters he'd now be able to "pimp out" his one-bedroom house in Auckland.

Chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the Warriors had "negotiated pretty hard" with Vatuvei and his agent for a couple of months and admitted there was a bit of that" when it came to cash injections from a third party.

"Obviously the club's fronted up with a fair bit of coin as well," Scurrah said at Mt Smart on Tuesday.

"I think the spirit of the discussions was the right way to go and we've come out with a pretty fair package for everyone.

"We're going through the process of approving all of the deals with the NRL.

"Manu's got everything he deserved, he's an absolute hero."

Vatuvei said he'd toyed with other options - both within the NRL and amongst other codes - but after talking it over with his family, and Warriors legend Rubin Wiki, he decided to stay put and extend his contract, due to expire next year.

"There were a few clubs that wanted me," the 24-year-old said.

"The first thing I wanted to do was look around and see what's out there but I decided to talk it over with my family and whatever they were happy with, I was happy too," he said.

"It wasn't really easy, it took a few months, but I've decided now, and I'm happy with my decision."

The 112 kilogram heavyweight, and fan favourite, has come a long way since a horror game against Parramatta back in 2007 when he spilled the ball half a dozen times and was axed from the side.

"He is a match winner and he's also the type of guy that has that intangible quality that others lift around him, and that's just on the field," Cleary said.

"He's still a young man, he's still got his best football ahead of him."

Scurrah said talk of loyalty payments further down the track and life after the NRL had put pen to paper for Vatuvei, although a coaching role would "never" be on the cards.

"Showing people how to do stuff is not my job," the humble `Beast' said.

By the time Vatuvei's freshly inked contract is up, he'll be one of a handful of players to see out 10 seasons with the Warriors, a massive milestone for NRL in New Zealand, Cleary said.

Vatuvei boasts a World Cup victory with New Zealand and is just a couple shy of the club's tryscoring record of 77, held by Warriors legend Stacey Jones.

The Warriors face a crucial clash against Brisbane at Mt Smart on Friday night, with a win securing a finals berth for the squad but a loss leaving them in a scramble with five other teams for the last two spots.

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