General Warriors Player Roster and Contracts - 2018

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Simon Mannering

ANNOUNCEMENT | Mannering re-signed
Richard Becht
Sat 12th April 2014, 03:59PM

Vodafone Warriors captain Simon Mannering has underlined his total commitment to the club by today signing a new four-year contract to the end of the 2018 NRL season.

On the eve of the Vodafone Warriors’ sixth-round clash against the Bulldogs at Eden Park, owner Eric Watson said the signing was not only one of the longest but also one of the most significant in the club’s history.

Watson also revealed veteran prop Jacob Lillyman had been re-signed to the end of the 2017 season and back rower Sione Lousi to the end of 2016 bringing to 12 the number of players who have extended their stays in recent times.

“This a signal of how much the Vodafone Warriors mean to Simon, Jacob, Sione and all the other players who have re-signed,” he said.

“It’s also a tribute to the work Dean Bell (general manager football operations) is doing with Wayne Scurrah (chief executive) with our recruitment.”

He hailed Mannering’s contract extension as critical.

“Simon’s signing is a fantastic coup and a huge boost for the club,” he said.

“He is exceptional across the board as our record-holding captain, a player of the highest order and also a person of tremendous quality.

“I’m elated he is extending his career with us to what will be 14 seasons. Only a few in the game today can measure their dedication to one club in such terms.”

The 27-year-old Mannering, off contract at the end of this season, had attracted significant interest from other clubs.

“This is the biggest contract of my career because it could possibly be my last,” he said.

“I love this club and always will. I’m keen to be a part of our future and have the greatest faith in the direction to the club is heading. We have much to offer this season and in years to come.

“It’s not just about football, though. I also have my family to consider. That was a big part of the decision and I’m really happy it has all worked out.”

Andrew McFadden, appointed interim head coach this week, also welcomed the contract extensions announced today.

“I have the greatest admiration for Simon and what he means to the team and the club,” he said.

“It’s the same with Jacob. Like Simon, he’s such an experienced and consistent performer, the type of player we place the highest value on in our squad.

“Sione started the season really well after his injury trouble last year and has a lot to offer us as do all the players re-signed.”

Lillyman (30) has extended his Vodafone Warriors career to nine seasons with his new three-year deal. He became the club’s 22nd 100-game player last season and will play his 168th career match tomorrow. Named the players’ player of the year twice in the first five rounds, Lillyman has been making a big impact off the bench, averaging more than 130 metres a game so far.

Lousi (24) had his 2013 season destroyed before it even started, a knee injury sidelining him for all but a few minutes of the first trial match. He has come back this year to represent the club at the NRL Auckland Nines and claim an NRL spot until he was suspended for two games.

Mannering, who made his NRL debut as an 18-year-old in 2005, will lead the Vodafone Warriors for the 94th time when they face Canterbury-Bankstown at Eden Park tomorrow (4.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: SKYCITY).

He is five games into his 10th season as an NRL player and his fifth as captain. He has the chance tomorrow to bring up his 50th victory as captain, another first for a Vodafone Warriors captain. He has a record of 49 wins and 44 losses so far while his predecessor Steve Price had a record of 42 wins and 47 losses with two draws.

As well as being set to become the club’s first 100-game captain, he is also in line to become only the second player to play 200 games for the Vodafone Warriors. He sits on 193 heading into the Eden Park game tomorrow and is on track to hit 200 in the first home game of the year at Mount Smart Stadium when the Vodafone Warriors face Newcastle in June.

Apart from Mannering, Lillyman and Lousi, general manager football operations Dean Bell today revealed nine other players have been re-signed recently.

John Palavi, who played the first two NRL games of the year, has been signed to the end of 2016 as has prop Charlie Gubb. Gubb, an NRL Nines representative, made his debut last year and is in line to reappear in the NRL side at Eden Park tomorrow.

Others secured on two-year contracts are former Vodafone Junior Warriors captain David Bhana and NYC prop Sam Lisone, centre Solomone Kata and fullback Brad Abbey. Bhana is now in the fulltime NRL squad and has been named on the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL bench tomorrow while Lisone has appeared for both the club’s NYC and New South Wales Cup sides as well as being the NRL side’s 18th man; Kata, who excelled for the Vodafone Junior Warriors last year, is still NYC-eligible and played at the NRL Auckland Nines; much sought-after St Paul’s College product Abbey, still only 17, will make his sixth consecutive NYC appearance for the Vodafone Junior Warriors tomorrow.

Last month the exciting Tuimoala Lolohea and David Fusitua were re-signed. Still NYC-eligible they both starred for the Vodafone Warriors at the NRL Nines and were also used in the club’s NRL trials. They’ve been used mainly at New South Wales Cup level this year while Fusitua made his NRL debut against St George Illawarra at Eden Park in March. Lolohea has been signed to the end of 2017, Fusitua to the end of 2016.

Just before Christmas prop Suaia Matagi (26), who had an outstanding rookie year in 2013, had his contract extended to the end of the 2015 season. He has appeared in all five NRL matches this year.

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Tevita Satae

Vodafone Warriors add Satae to squad
Richard Becht , Image:
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 02:49 PM


Front rower Chris Satae is the latest player to come through local football to make the Vodafone Warriors’ wider NRL squad.

The 1.92cm, 115kg prop made his Intrust Super Premiership debut off the bench for the Vodafone Warriors against Newcastle in the opening round and has also been used in the clashes against Canterbury-Bankstown and Illawarra.

He has again been named on the interchange for Sunday’s ISP match against the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at Mount Smart Stadium (1.45pm kick-off). The Vodafone Warriors lead the competition after four straight wins.

Satae, a St Paul’s College product, was previously on Penrith’s books, playing for the Panthers at NYC level in 2012. Initially with Glenora when he returned home, he has been impressive for the Point Chevalier Pirates in Auckland’s Fox Memorial premiership, earning selection for Akarana and New Zealand Residents.

“He’s another great example of the way our pathways have worked,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro.

“The ISP team is a continuing development tool for local players and for our young NYC graduates like Ofa Ogden, Erin Clark, Isaiah Papalii and Junior Pauga.”

Iro cites Satae as one of a number of local players who have been part of the ISP squad this season. Among the others are former Vodafone Junior Warriors James Bell, Sam Cook and Daniel Palavi plus Pat Sipley, who played NYC football with Manly. Others are Canterbury Bulls players Tevin Arona and Matt Sauni plus JT Vuetibau and King Vuniyayawa from Papakura’s 2016 Fox Memorial title-winning side.
Tohu Harris Harris



Roger Tuivasa-Sheck captain, Tohu Harris Harris signed
Wed 1 Feb 2017, 03:10 PM

Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney has today named fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as the club’s 2017 NRL captain while also confirming Kiwi second rower Tohu Harris Harris has been signed on a four-year deal from 2018.

Kearney has additionally announced veteran second rower Simon Mannering as the club’s 2017 vice-captain.

“These are critical decisions we’ve made in the club’s best interests for not just this season but also for our future,” said Kearney.

“We’ve given the captaincy a lot of thought throughout the offseason before reaching this point.

“Roger offers all the qualities we want from our players. He is a true professional in the way he goes about all he does, providing a wonderful example for players to follow. He’s also one of our leaders and has many years left in the game.

“Simon will give him the support he needs as vice-captain. It’s important to have him in the role because he epitomises everything our club stands for.”

Kearney paid tribute to veteran second rower Ryan Hoffman, who led the side last year.

“Hoff has given the Vodafone Warriors tremendous service as a player since joining us in 2015 and as captain last season,” he said.

“As one of our leaders he’ll still have a critical leadership role to play this year. That won’t change.

“What we’ve done is to look further ahead with not just the captaincy but also the make-up of our squad.

“It’s exciting to bring Roger in as our new captain and to also secure Tohu Harris from next season. He’s a wonderful forward, still young and very much at the top of his game. I certainly look forward to having him with us next year.”

Tuivasa-Sheck (23) said he was honoured to become the Vodafone Warriors’ 11th captain after Dean Bell (1995), Greg Alexander (1996), Matthew Ridge (1997-1999), John Simon (2000), co-captains Stacey Jones and Kevin Campion (2001), Monty Betham (2002-2004), Steve Price (2005-2009), Mannering (2010-2015) and Hoffman (2016).

“I was really humbled when Mooks offered me the position,” said Tuivasa-Sheck.

“It’s a huge privilege to be captain of my club and I’m excited about taking on the added responsibility. I want to do all I can to help the Vodafone Warriors become the club we all want it to be.”

Mannering, 31 this year, said he would give not just Tuivasa-Sheck but the entire team all the support he could.

“I stepped aside from the captaincy last year and enjoyed the chance I had to focus more on my own job as a player,” he said.

“Mooks has come on board and asked me to take on the vice-captain’s job. I’m happy to do it if he thinks it’s in the team’s best interests. For me it’s all about trying to make our club the best it can be.”

In his reign as captain Mannering led the Vodafone Warriors a club record 136 times and added a 137thmatch in charge when he took over from Hoffman for a game last year.

Hastings born and raised Harris (25), off-contract with Melbourne this year, said he was thrilled about the chance to link up with the Vodafone Warriors.

“I’ve had a great time with the Storm and I owe them so much for what they’ve done for me,” he said.

“Coming home to play for the Vodafone Warriors is a fantastic opportunity, though. The club has a great roster with so many Kiwi boys there and being back in New Zealand closer to family is a big attraction.

“I also have great respect for Mooks through my time with him in the Kiwis and I look forward to working with him again.”

Harris has made 103 NRL appearances for Melbourne since debuting in 2013 while he has played 16 Tests for the Kiwis.
Anthony Gelling

Vodafone Warriors sign ex-Wigan centre Gelling
Richard Becht
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 11:02 AM

Anthony Gelling, who recently returned to Auckland after six seasons in England, has been signed by the Vodafone Warriors on a one-year contract.

After being given an early release by the Wigan Warriors, the Cook Islands international was invited to train with the Vodafone Warriors this week.

“It’s a stroke of luck for us that Anthony has come back,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“He proved himself in the Super League and has immediately impressed us at training this week.

“We’re thrilled we’ve been able to add him to our squad. He brings size and some special skills, providing further depth and increasing competition among our outside backs.”

In his six seasons with Wigan, Gelling (27) scored 52 tries in 114 appearances and also represented the Cook Islands at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.


“Rugby league wasn’t the reason I came home,” he said.

“I’d had six seasons in England and I really wanted to be back in New Zealand around my family. I’m grateful for everything Wigan did for me and for allowing me to head home early.

“I wasn’t sure what would happen with my career but the opportunity came up to train with the Vodafone Warriors this week and now I’m excited about signing for the club.”

Gelling was a Super League grand final winner with Wigan at Old Trafford in 2016 and was also in its beaten side in the 2014 decider.

He helped Wigan to its World Club Challenge win against Cronulla in 2017 as well as playing in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley (a match Hull FC won).

He last played in New Zealand in 2011 when he was in the Vodafone Warriors’ feeder side the Auckland Vulcans, who lost 28-30 to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bankstown in the dying moments of the New South Wales Cup at ANZ Stadium. The same season he tasted success at Auckland club level when the Howick Hornets won the Fox Memorial premiership for the first time.


Date of Birth: October 18, 1990

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Howick Hornets

Position: Centre

Height: 1.96m

Weight: 102kg

Rep Honours: 6 Tests for Cook Islands (2009-2015)

Previous Clubs: Sydney Roosters (2009-2010), Auckland Vulcans (2011), Wigan Warriors (2012-2017)

NRL debut: Yet to make debut

Super League Career: 114 appearances for Wigan Warriors (2012-2017)

Super League Points: 208 (52 tries)

NYC Career: 30 appearances for Sydney Roosters

NYC Career: 28 (7 tries)
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[BREAKING NEWS ] Tuivasa-Sheck signed for four years
Richard Becht
Tue 27 Feb 2018, 04:37 PM

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has reinforced his commitment to the Vodafone Warriors by signing one of the longest deals in the club’s history, ensuring he’ll remain at Mount Smart Stadium until the end of the 2022 season.

The four-year signing coup was announced by Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George at the club’s official season launch at SKYCITY tonight.

“As one of the game’s most exceptional athletes, Roger understandably attracted lots of interest, so we couldn’t be more delighted to have him onboard for another four years,” he said.

“Still only 24, he embodies all the qualities we want to see in our players.

“This is hugely significant for both Roger and the Vodafone Warriors, not only critical for our future but also for Roger in paving the way for him to truly establish himself as a leader for the club on and off the field. He’s the type of person we can build our club around.”

Tuivasa-Sheck is entering his third season since joining the Vodafone Warriors. His first campaign in 2016 was limited to seven appearances after a season-ending knee injury before he returned to feature in all but one game in 2017.

“I’m excited knowing my future will be with the Vodafone Warriors for another four years after this season,” said Tuivasa-Sheck.

“I’m also glad to be able to sort it out now before the season starts.

“We’ve had some challenging times but all of us are working really hard to turn things around this season and in the years ahead.

Wanting to be part of that was a huge factor in my decision - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

“Wanting to be part of that with everyone at the club was a huge factor in my decision to stay with the Vodafone Warriors.”

Tuivasa-Sheck was named the club’s 2017 Vodafone NRL Player of the Year and also the New Zealand Rugby League’s Player of the Year following the Rugby League World Cup.

“Roger’s a wonderful player and also a wonderful person,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“He sets an example in all he does as a player on the field and in all aspects of training as well as looking after himself off the field.

“He’s a tremendous asset for the Vodafone Warriors and has a huge appetite to improve each and every day.”

Tuivasa-Sheck warmed up for his seventh NRL campaign with a quality performance in the Vodafone Warriors’ 20-14 trial win over the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.

With 11 tries and 30 appearances for the Vodafone Warriors, he has a career tally of 39 tries in 114 first-grade games.


Date of Birth: June 05, 1993
Birthplace: Apia, Samoa

Junior Club: Otahuhu Leopards (Auckland)

Position: Fullback

Height: 182cm
Weight: 93kg

Rep Honours: 16 Tests for Kiwis (2013-2017), World Cup (2013, 2017)
NRL Debut: Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast, Allianz Stadium, July 27, 2012 (Round 21)
NRL Career: 114 appearances, 2012-2017

NRL Points: 156 (39 tries)

Secondary School: Otahuhu College (Auckland)
Karl Lawton
Hayze Perham
Sam Cook

Titans utility signed and two players upgraded
Richard Becht
Thu 1 Mar 2018, 03:09 PM

Gold Coast utility Karl Lawton has today been signed by the Vodafone Warriors while hooker Sam Cook and highly-promising fullback Hayze Perham have had their contracts upgraded ahead of the 2018 NRL season starting next week.

Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith said Cook and Perham had been rewarded for their performances in the preseason and the club’s NRL trials while the 22-year-old Lawton has been secured on a two-year deal.

Capable of playing in the outside backs, hooker and loose forward, Lawton has made 12 NRL appearances since his debut against the Vodafone Warriors in 2016, an occasion which ended in disappointment when he broke his leg.

He recovered to turn out 11 times for the Titans last season when he alternated between starting at hooker and being on the interchange bench.

“We’re thrilled to be able to secure Karl so quickly following Ata Hingano’s departure,” said Smith.

“While Karl’s versatility is valuable, he'll give us experience and add to our depth.”

Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney welcomed Lawton’s arrival, the club’s 10th new signing for 2018 and the third to join the club from Gold Coast (alongside Lawton’s ex-Titans team-mates Agnatius Paasi and Leivaha Pulu).

“We really like what Karl has to offer and he’ll be a great addition to our squad,” he said.

“He lined up against us twice last season and we’ve also seen him in trials so we have a good understanding of his qualities.

“It’s also pleasing to see Sam and Hayze promoted. They’ve been wonderful during our preseason training programme and also impressed in both trials.”

As well as Cook and Perham, Smith noted other rookie talent featured in the club’s NRL system including Chanel Harris-Tavita, Joseph Vuna and Matiu Love-Henry.

“They’re all examples of the rewards available to young players rising through the ranks at the Vodafone Warriors,” he said.

Northcote junior Cook (24) made 10 NYC appearances for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2013 and has since gone on to play 37 times for the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side. The Westlake Boys’ High School product spent 2016 playing in Newcastle before coming back home last year. He played all but one of the team’s 25 games and was named the club’s 2017 Vodafone ISP Team Man of the Year.

Perham joined the club after an exceptional schoolboy career in both rugby league and rugby union, the latter in the Rotorua Boys’ High School First XV. He combined his rugby union commitments with rugby league, playing for the Pikiao Warriors, for his school at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Nationals and for the New Zealand 18s.

Standoff Harris-Tavita (18), the club’s 2017 Vodafone NYC Player of the Year, has rugby league pedigree on both sides of his family (his grandfather Ray Harris represented New Zealand Maori). A Pakuranga College, he played his junior rugby league for the Mount Wellington Warriors while he also had stints with the Richmond Rovers and Howick Hornets. Still eligible for the under-20s for another two years, he played for the Junior Kiwis last year (he has played 39 times for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the last two years).

Vuna (19) also comes from a family with a strong rugby league heritage. A New Zealand Secondary Schools representative, the ex-Otahuhu College junior and Otahuhu Leopards junior has made 43 under-20 appearances for the Vodafone Junior Warriors over the last two seasons.

After 32 NYC appearances in 2014 and 2015, Love-Henry (22) moved to the Brisbane Broncos for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, where he played for Norths Devils in the Intrust Super Cup without breaking into the NRL. A Taupo Phoenix junior, he also turned out for the Point Chevalier Pirates in Auckland. Fluent in Te Reo, he was educated at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whakarewa | Te Reo Ki Tuwharetoa in Taupo.


Date of Birth: November 29, 1995
Birthplace: Murwillumbah, NSW
Junior Club: Burleigh Bears (Qld)
Position: Standoff

Height: 185cm
Weight: 93kg

Previous Clubs: Gold Coast Titans (2016-2017)
Rep Honours: Queensland under-20s (2015)
NRL Debut: Gold Coast v Vodafone Warriors, Mount Smart Stadium, July 2, 2016 (Round 17)
NRL Career: 12 appearances, 2016-2017
NRL Points: 8 (2 tries)


Date of Birth: August 1, 1993
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Junior Club: Northcote Tigers
Position: Hooker

Height: 180cm
Weight: 92kg

Previous Clubs: South Newcastle
Rep Honours: NZ Maori Resident
NRL Debut: Yet to make NRL debut


Date of birth: July 2, 1999
Birthplace: Taupo, NZ
Junior Club: Pikiao Warriors
Position: Fullback

Height: 184cm
Weight: 88kg

Rep Honours: New Zealand 18s (2017)
NRL Debut: Yet to make NRL debut
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Ata Hingano

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Raiders Sign Ata Hingano
Fri 2 Mar 2018, 10:07 AM

The Canberra Raiders are pleased to announce the signing of New Zealand Warriors playmaker Ata Hingano on a two-year deal effective immediately.

Raiders Recruitment and High-Performance Director, Peter Mulholland, was delighted with the addition of Hingano.

“It was great to see a quality player like Ata Hingano become available,” Mullholland said. “He’s performed well in the NRL for the Warriors and internationally for and for Tonga so far in his career and he adds plenty of depth to our spine.”

At only 20 years old Hingano joins the club after making 15 appearances for the Warriors and impressing for Tonga during the recent World Cup. He will join the squad early next week.
Zac Santo



Zac Santo rejoins the Mendi Blackhawks in 2018. Photo courtesy of Alix Sweeney – Townsville Bulletin.


We are proud to announce that 2015 Mendi Blackhawks inaugural player Zac Santo has returned back to the club for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Since leaving Townsville, the former Charters Towers junior spent a year at the Canberra Raiders in 2016, then moved to New Zealand at the start of 2017 where he remained until his move earlier this week.

Santo was the highest try scorer for the 2015 season, with 31 tries, including 28 in the regular season and 3 in the final series, and played in the club’s first and only grand final game.

Coach Kristian Woolf said he is very pleased to have Santo back in the squad.

“Zac is local player and has come through all of the Townsville development pathways,” Woolf said.

“It was good to see him sign an NRL contract, because players like Zac are part of the reason why we wanted to set up the club originally,” Woolf said.

“There are quite a few guys in team that he has played with previously, and everyone’s excited to have him back, he won’t have any trouble fitting straight back in,”

“Essentially Zac is a full back, but he has plenty of versatility,”

“He’s always been very quick and good on his feet, and at this stage, he’s come back looking stronger.”

Woolf also coached Santo in the 2011 Cowboys U/20’s grand final side, in which he scored 2 tries, including one at the end almost giving them a chance to win to game.

“There is a common trend with Zac player so many finals games,”

“He certainly knows how to win and how to help a team win.”

This Sunday the Mendi Blackhawks will take on Wynnum Manly in round 11 of the Intrust Super Cup after a bye round last week.

Mendi Blackhawks Captain Andrew Niemoeller has been named on the bench after recovering from a shoulder injury.

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