Northern_Union

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-news/sport/3882653/Mateo-still-hot-for-Warriors

EXCLUSIVE: THE Warriors' marquee signing for next year – Parramatta lock Feleti Mateo – has poured cold water on reports in Australia he wants out of his three-year, $400,000-a-season deal.
During the week, a Sydney newspaper speculated Mateo had signed with the Warriors after a falling out with Eels coach Daniel Anderson and that he would try to get out of his deal if the former Warriors boss was replaced at the season's end.
But the Tongan international, speaking ahead of today's clash with the Warriors in Auckland, has moved quickly to rubbish the claims and declared yesterday there was no chance he would renege on his deal.
"I'm 100% committed to playing for the Warriors next year," Mateo told Sunday News.
"I've put pen to paper over there and have given them my word.
"I'm excited about the new deal that I've done and I can't wait to get over there next year.
"This year, of course, I'm fully focused on playing for Parramatta.
"I can also say there is no rift between me and Ando [Anderson]. We are fine. We both want the same thing, mate. We both want to win a premiership.
"That stuff written about me had no quotes attributed to it.
"Obviously, they didn't want to reveal their sources and, in that line of work, you actually need quotes to back up your story.
"Clearly, they can't back anything up.
"It was frustrating."
Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah read the report in question and conceded he had been concerned enough to call Mateo's agent in Sydney to check whether the ball-playing back-rower had gone cold on the idea of moving to Auckland.
"I spoke to his agent and he reassured me all was in order and Feleti was looking forward to the move," Scurrah told Sunday News last night.
Mateo said he'd also been asked by Anderson during the week at training whether there was an issue between them.
"My flatmate bought the paper and then he told me about the story," he said.
"I had a quick read of it. After that, I saw Ando at training and he asked me if there was a rift between us.
"I told him there wasn't and that was that. The air was cleared straight away.
"People have been asking me what is going on but when there's nothing going on, there's nothing to explain.
"You can quote me on this – I'll be there in Auckland next year, mate."
Mateo will line up against his future team-mates this afternoon at Mt Smart Stadium.
He doesn't see them as allies yet.
"We need to win this game. They are my future but, at the moment, I'm focused on the present," he said.
"I'm just really working hard to help get Parramatta's season back on track. What happens next year hasn't really entered my thoughts at this stage.
"But it is a bit weird knowing I'm not going to be playing for the Eels next year. The hardest game will be when I have to play against the boys next year. I've never been in that situation before."
 

Iafeta_old

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Niiiiiiiicceee.

He played awesome for them against Brissy. He was about their best, really. 15 runs for 129m, 40 tackles (just 2 missed from that lot), 4 offloads also.
 

aussie_warrior_old

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That's a good response from Mateo.

It's a bit weird that Eels players have to keep coming out and denying media reports though...
 

Jesbass_old

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"That stuff written about me had no quotes attributed to it.
"Obviously, they didn't want to reveal their sources and, in that line of work, you actually need quotes to back up your story.
"Clearly, they can't back anything up."
That sums it up right there. I'd like to see Feleti Mateo in a room full of the journalists that write these sorts of stories. Ideally, he would tackle each one, then yell the above quote at them in a "this is Sparta" rendition, lol.
 

Fazz_old

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How'd he go today? Only saw the second half due to watching the AWESOME UFC ppv lol. What a good sunday it's been haha
 

Northern_Union

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Errm both Mateo and Inu showed why Parra arn't to concerned about them leaving. Wasn't the best of displays by either.
 

MarkW_old

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Errm both Mateo and Inu showed why Parra arn't to concerned about them leaving. Wasn't the best of displays by either.

To be fair, just about their whole team was crap today. Even Hindmarsh had a poor game.

I thought Mateo looked to be their most dangerous forward on attack - which is not saying much but still...
 

Northern_Union

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He'll go well at the Warriors - off load merchant

Just a shame we released the best support runner in the game to the Tigers. Any noticed that the Tigers are playing a style of game that has seen McKinnon return to his best form. Cleary needs a big curly red wig and red nose with some face paint.
 

Spence_old

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Just a shame we released the best support runner in the game to the Tigers. Any noticed that the Tigers are playing a style of game that has seen McKinnon return to his best form. Cleary needs a big curly red wig and red nose with some face paint.

I'm not disagreeing, but for the sake of argument. You can't restructure an entire team for a single player. Locke had good support play in the U20s, let's hope he takes advantage of Mateo.
 

Spence_old

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I don't quite see the relevance of that? What wasn't broken in this metaphor?
 

edguy_old

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i dont think we can take too much out of mateos and inu perfomances today .the whole team is down on luck and confidence...

i thought mateo was the best of their pack by miles , and inu came up with a freakish try for them with a the chip kick ..
put them both in a warriors team ,winning games , full of confidence and harlem globetrotting the ball around , and they ll be match winners both.