Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai has signed a new deal with the club that keeps him on the northern beaches until the end of the 2017 National Rugby League season.

With speculation rife about the futures of a number of players, the 30-year-olds’ decision to stay is a big boost for the Sea Eagles ahead of their round one clash with the Parramatta Eels on Friday, March 6 at Pirtek Stadium.

A veteran of 202 games since making his debut for the Sea Eagles back in 2005, Matai told seaeagles.com he was relieved to have his future sorted.

Signing a new deal is always a great feeling, but signing on with the same Club after all these years is something pretty special,” Matai said.

“There’s been a lot of speculation of late, so to have my future sorted before the start of the season is great. It means my focus can simply go back to ensuring I’m fit and ready for action as soon as possible.”

“The main priority was always my family – my partner Kate and my two little kids. Everything I do is for them. They start school soon, so not having to relocate definitely played a part in the decision too. My goal is always to make them happy. If they’re happy, then I’m happy and I’ve done my job.”

“We’ve got a developed and proud winning culture here at the Club which has been established over many years, and I know we’ve got the players, talent and desire to be up there once again,” Matai said.