[Signing] Cherrington joins club
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Fri 9th June, 12:58PM
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Former Wests Tigers and Cronulla hooker Manaia Cherrington is joining the Vodafone Warriors for the rest of this season and next on a second-tier contract.

A member of the Kiwis’ squad in England in 2015, the 22-year-old has been granted an immediate release from his one-year contract with the Sharks.

He is set to debut for the Vodafone Warriors’ Intrust Super Premiership side against the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in west Sydney on Sunday (1.00pm kick-off local time; 3.00pm NZT).

Cherrington was signed by the Vodafone Warriors after Erin Clark approached the club seeking a release from his contract.

Clark, who made his NRL debut against Melbourne in round two this season, has been used mainly at NYC level this year.

“Erin’s management sought a release on personal grounds,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro.

“It’s disappointing for Erin but he has our support and best wishes for the future.

“Fortunately, we were able to secure Manaia as a replacement. He has come through the system with Wests Tigers as well as being involved with both the Junior Kiwis and the Kiwis.”

Whangarei-born Cherrington made 45 NYC appearances for Wests Tigers in 2013-2014 before going on to his NRL debut for the club, playing a total of 16 first-grade matches in 2015 and 2016. He also toured England with the Kiwis in late 2015 although he didn’t play in any of the three Tests.

First a Junior Kiwi in 2013, he led the national under-20 side to a 15-14 victory over the Junior Kangaroos at Mount Smart Stadium in 2014.

Clark made his NYC debut for the Vodafone Junior Warriors as a 17-year-old in 2015. He made 27 appearances that season and took his career total to 45 this year. He was used 14 times at ISP level last season and once this year.

MANAIA CHERRINGTON

Date of birth: August 3, 1994

Birthplace: Whangarei, NZ

Junior Club: Quakers Hill Destroyers (Sydney)

Position: Hooker

Height: 1.77m

Weight: 85kg

Rep Honours: Kiwis (2015), Junior Kiwis (2013-2014)

Previous Clubs: Wests vTigers (2015-2016), Cronulla (2017)

NRL Debut: Wests Tigers v Gold Coast, Leichhardt Oval, June 5, 2015 (Rd 13)

NRL Career: 16 appearances for Wests Tigers (2015-2016)

NRL Points: 4 (1 try)

https://www.warriors.kiwi/cherringtonsigned
 

Sup42

Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
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It was a nothing buy IMO. I've watched quite bit of the guy and still don't know what he's really that good at. I don't really trust SK or Iro's eye for talent at all.

I dont really understand Erin leaving, thought he had potential, but at the same time, his game didn't really translate to first grade that well because he relies on overpowering and physically bullying other players which won't work in first grade.

I like Roache and those that think Cherrington is an upgrade over him have probably seen all his U20s accolades but haven't really watched any of his recent stuff to form an opinion of him. Once Roache gets regular game time, I can see him cutting markers to shreds with his speed. He is without doubt our hooker of the future once Luke's contract is up.

I also might add that I had never really been too much of a fan of Eiden Ackland in our U20's team because I thought he would never make it because of his small size. But wow my opinion has definitely changed, since he's moved to hooker he looks like a whole new player. Our atrociously bad U20's side is 2 wins from the last 3 games since he moved to hooker. His game looks the closest to Cam Smith's that we will probably ever see from a junior hooker at this club. Incredible game intelligence. The club need to make it their mission to get this kid in the weight room 24/7.
Mate he is getting paid peanuts.

You should watch money ball if you haven't already seen it.

In cap terms the Warriors are odds on this signing.

How can they lose gambling with a minimum wage offer on a Junior star who never made it elsewhere ?

Whether u rate Manaia or not....the cap strategy with this signing is outstanding

Take this approach to its end game....the Warriors reserves ends up stacked with fallen Aussie trained Kiwi freaks that never got there.....

To me the competition that type of layer sets up versus 1st graders who don't give a shit.....is a Jungle brawl I want to see play out.

Jaded ex Youth stars like Manaia Santo, Gavet, Pulu, probably bring more hunger and life experience than our doe eyed ex school kids from local footy.

I hope they hire twenty Cherrington/ Santo's for peanuts.....that would pretty much fuck the player manager mafia here.
 

TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,484
Mate he is getting paid peanuts.

You should watch money ball if you haven't already seen it.

In cap terms the Warriors are odds on this signing.

How can they lose gambling with a minimum wage offer on a Junior star who never made it elsewhere ?

Whether u rate Manaia or not....the cap strategy with this signing is outstanding

Take this approach to its end game....the Warriors reserves ends up stacked with fallen Aussie trained Kiwi freaks that never got there.....
Whether he was an ex 20's star or not is irrelevant, in my opinion, he's no better than most of the hookers in QLD cup competition and its not uncommon for U20's stars to end up in that comp after they reach 22-23 and haven't kicked on, so in terms of value for money its about on par.

At the Sharks, he couldn't even get selected over Brailey, a 20 year old rookie who had never had never tasted first grade in his life. If that doesn't show what level he's at for those who have never seen him play, then I don't know what does.
 
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Sup42

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May 7, 2012
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Whether he was an ex 20's star or not is irrelevant, in my opinion, he's no better than most of the hookers in QLD cup competition and its not uncommon for U20's stars to end up in that comp after they reach 22-23 and haven't kicked on, so in terms of value for money its about on par.

At the Sharks, he couldn't even get selected over Brailey, a 20 year old rookie who had never had never tasted first grade in his life. If that doesn't show what level he's at for those who have never seen him play, then I don't know what does.
Would Brailey come here ? ( rhetorical).

Would anyone come here on Supermarket trolley pusher wages ?

Manaia Cherrington.
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
9,119
At the Sharks, he couldn't even get selected over Brailey, a 20 year old rookie who had never had never tasted first grade in his life. If that doesn't show what level he's at for those who have never seen him play, then I don't know what does.
It is worrying how he went from being signed there as their number 1 dummy half until became available. Obviously Ennis should have been their first choice and results show how well he went there before retiring but like you mention Ennis is gone and Cherrington is still out of favour.

Also agree with your thoughts on Roache he had some good performances last year when he was given decent play the balls to work off. Round 1 last year against the Tigers it was Roache and a few of the subs that gave us a chance of a come back. His speed out of dummy would be useful if we manage to rebuild our pack for 2018. Hopefully we manage to res-sign him.

Cherrington coming over on a second tier contract and will be coming into an ISP side that is going well. The forward pack should give him some a decent platform to work off.
 

Afakasi247

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 5, 2014
2,757
The Fan in the stand did his usual review of the ISP game today - his stand out player was Manaia Cherrington.

Despite the L sounds like he made an impact when he came on...not bad for only 1-2 training sessions with the team.

I agree with Sup42; this is an astute signing.

We are paying him peanuts to come home and earn a 1st grade contract...

Just see what that type of thinking did for Gavet - who is ironically flavor of the month with Warriors fans. And perhaps our best prop at the moment (for good reason).

See what that did for CNK - a U20's star who failed to make first grade for the Storm. Came home on peanuts and played so well for the ISP team there was a fan outcry when he didn't get his chance in FG (not to mention impressing when he did debut).

Cherrington is cut from the same cloth but has been dampened by the timing...people who are treating this signing as a response to Tof being snagged by Manly are ignorant.

He was a direct replacement for Clark who's bolted for Canberra....just like Santo was a replacement for Lolohea and no one complained....

Don't know what the fuss is about tbh we should be applauding this move if history tells us anything.
 
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