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Mannering signs four-year Warriors deal

Mannering signs four-year Warriors deal
Warriors skipper Simon Mannering (left) has re-signed with the club for another four years. Copyright: NRL Photos Credit: NRL Photos/Shane Wenzlick. Copyright: NRL Photos/Shane Wenzlick.

The Warriors' tumultuous week took a considerable turn for the better after captain Simon Mannering committed to the NRL club for four more years.

Second-rower Mannering's future at the Warriors has been the subject of speculation, which escalated this week following the departure of coach Matthew Elliott and subsequent public spat between co-owners Eric Watson and Sir Owen Glenn.

The 27-year-old signed through to 2018 in an emphatic indication of loyalty to the only side he has served in the NRL.

He made his first grade debut in 2005 and has played 193 games, including a record 93 as captain.

Watson said the deal was not only one of the longest but also one of the most significant in the club's history.

He also revealed prop Jacob Lillyman has 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 Warriors mean to Simon, Jacob, Sione and all the other players who have re-signed," Watson said.

"Simon's signing is a fantastic coup and a huge boost for the club.

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

Mannering admits he had received significant interest from other clubs but had faith in the direction the Warriors are taking despite the controversy that had surrounded them this week.

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

Andrew McFadden, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach in place of Elliott, says the contract extensions announced on Saturday show the Warriors remain an attractive proposition for players.

Mannering means plenty to the club because of the respect he is held in by his teammates.

Lillyman, 30, will extended his Warriors career to nine seasons while Lousi, 24, gets a chance to establish himself at the club after his 2013 season was ruined by a knee injury.

The 14th-placed Warriors host the second-placed Canterbury Bulldogs in Auckland on Sunday.

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