General Mannering and Manu resign till 2009

AliN_old

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yes good on the club for holding onto two promising young ones.
Mannering went ok for the Orcas the other night back in the second row.
 

Jesbass_old

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Vodafone Warriors Sign Vatuvei And Mannering To End Of 2009

Winger Manu Vatuvei and utility Simon Mannering have strengthened the Vodafone Warriors’ future by signing with the club until the end of the 2009 National Rugby League season.

Vatuvei (20), who featured in all five tests in the Kiwis’ triumphant 2005 Tri-Nations campaign, today agreed terms for a contract extension while Mannering (19), the club’s 2005 rookie of the year, has been signed for a further two years with an option for a third. Vodafone Warriors head coach Ivan Cleary said securing two of the club’s most talented young players was a huge boost.

“Manu made enormous strides in 2005, going on to become a quality test player, and Simon showed in his initial first-grade appearances last year that’s he has the ability to make a big impact in the game,†he said.

“Part of our philosophy is keeping as much of the best young New Zealand talent in the country as possible and we’ve certainly succeeded in doing that with these two players.

“They’re both important to the Vodafone Warriors’ future as we seek to develop a core of players.â€Â

The signings of Vatuvei and Mannering come just two weeks after vice-captain Ruben Wiki extended his contract by a year, taking him through to the end of the 2008 season.

The 109kg Vatuvei made his NRL debut as an 18-year-old in 2004. A hamstring injury has kept him out of the Vodafone Warriors’ last three matches after he had scored in each of the first four games of the season, stretching his try-scoring sequence to 13 tries in his last 15 first-grade outings.

Mannering, able to play in the centres or the back row, made the first of his seven NRL appearances against Brisbane last June. His start to the 2006 season was hampered by a stress fracture in his leg but he has been back in action at Bartercard Cup level for the last two weeks, scoring three tries for the Wellington Orcas.

Cleary credited the club’s Allied Work Force elite development programme for successfully identifying and preparing players like Vatuvei and Mannering for the NRL. This had been reinforced just this month with Patrick Ah Van and Misi Taulapapa making their first-grade debuts for the Vodafone Warriors.

Cleary said he expected more graduates from the system would be seen playing in the NRL this season.

While announcing the Vatuvei and Mannering signings, the Vodafone Warriors also completed a restructuring of their football department today by confirming Dayne Norton’s signing to fill the new position of sports science co-ordinator.

The son of Kiwi assistant coach Graeme Norton, Dayne was the New Zealand team’s trainer for last year’s Tri-Nations campaign and has previously worked for the Vodafone Warriors as a trainer.

MANU VATUVEI

Born: March 4, 1986
Birthplace: Auckland
Position: Winger
Height: 189cm
Weight: 109kg
Junior Club: Otahuhu
Secondary School: Sir Edmund Hillary College (Auckland)
NRL Debut: Vodafone Warriors v South Sydney, Aussie Stadium, May
23, 2004 (Round 11)
NRL Career: Vodafone Warriors - 21 games, 13 tries
Rep Honours: New Zealand (2005) 5 Tests, 3 tries


SIMON MANNERING

Born: August 28, 1986
Birthplace: Napier
Position: Centre/back row
Height: 190cm
Weight: 98kg
Junior Club: Wellington
Secondary School: Nelson College (Nelson)
NRL Debut: Vodafone Warriors v Brisbane, June 26, 2005 (Round 16)
NRL Career: Vodafone Warriors - 7 games
 

Becs_old

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Good on Manu for staying. He could get heaps more $ for going elsewhere. Awesome stuff!
 

sebastian_old

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MiXmasterreece said:
Right ..... next stop sione, webby and Toops

Sioni's not off contract, & i'd sign evarn WAYYYYYYYY before mannering. Vatavai has PROVED himself. mannering hasn't. i don't care about toopi he needs to go, has anyone forgot his 2004-5 years, & isn't it conveinent he trys when he's off contract. Who knows what happens if we sign him & he plays like shite again, are you willing to take that risk for 300,000. I WOULDN'T BE. Evarn would be a bargain & hes showing us what hes capable of.
 

sebastian_old

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MiXmasterreece said:
Right ..... next stop sione, webby and Toops

Sioni's not off contract, & i'd sign evarn WAYYYYYYYY before mannering. Vatavai has PROVED himself. Mannering hasn't.
Toopi he needs to go, has anyone forgot his 2004-5 years, & isn't it conveinent he trys when he's off contract. Who knows what happens if we sign him & he plays like shite again, are you willing to take that risk for 300,000. I WOULDN'T BE.
Evarn would be a bargain & hes showing us what hes capable of. We should defintitly keep el webbo, but if we know for sure he's leaving, sign wade mcinnion before it's too late. Wade is still off contract but parra are starting too sign so managment sign webb now or let him go.
 

PHANTOM MENACE_old

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MiXmasterreece said:
Right ..... next stop sione, webby and Toops

Toopi can go, he has done his dash here. Id would pull out all the stops to keep Webb
 

one-eyed-warrior_old

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Definatly try and keep webby, he will be a major loss. Awesome about manu. I agree that toopi should look else where. Im not very sure about signing mannering, hope he didn't cost much.
 

L N_old

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out of the current youngsters
im glad they obtained these two
a step in the right direction
of maintaining and developing
players with the potential
to become seasoned 1st graders
as well as the potential for higher honours
 

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