Vatuvei has offers from rival clubs, codes

BRAD WALTER
Last updated 07:00 07/02/2013
Manu Vatuvei
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TO STAY OR GO? Manu Vatuvei.

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Star winger Manu Vatuvei faces the biggest decision of his career as he weighs up whether to stay at the Warriors or consider offers from rival clubs and codes.

Vatuvei, 26, is off contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from other NRL clubs as well as rugby union in Europe.

His manager, Peter Brown, said Vatuvei was keen to remain at the Warriors but he would consider other offers from both codes before making a decision.

"It is an important time for Manu if he is going to move codes or move clubs," Brown said.

"I know Manu doesn't want to leave the Warriors but he has to weigh up everything and think seriously about it.

"A couple of other clubs have enquired and there has always been interest in Manu from rugby union clubs in England and also France.

"They are always asking what he is doing and when he is off contract so for his own piece of mind I think we will re-visit those and then he can decide whether he wants to go that way or stay at the Warriors."

Since making his NRL debut in 2004, Vatuvei has played 150 matches for the Warriors and is widely considered to be one of the game's best wingers.

Under the guidance of Warriors conditioner Ruben Wiki, who passed on to Vatuvei the responsibility for preparing kava in New Zealand team camps, he has slimmed down to 104kg and those close to him are predicting he will have a big season.

"Obviously he can make more money playing rugby union in England or France but for Manu it has never been solely about the money," Brown said.

"We will look at his options and have some discussions with the Warriors, and then make a decision once the season kicks in."

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