Tate: 'Don't show me the money!'
Off-contract Warriors centre Brent Tate says family, rather than money, will determine whether he stays in New Zealand or returns home to Brisbane in 2011.<br><br>Tate will sit down with manager George Mimis this week to begin discussions over his future, with his former club keen to lure him back following their disastrous start this season.<br><br>The Broncos are cashed-up and ready to hit the player market in a big way this year, but Tate told NRL.com that money wouldn’t be his primary consideration. <br><br>“I’ve got a wife and child that are a factor now and my wife is going to have a fair say in what we do,” he said today. “Having a family, they’ve got to be happy first and foremost.<br><br>“It’s definitely not going to be about who offers me the most money – I don’t think that’s ever been the main factor for me with football. If it was I would have left for England a long time ago. <br><br>“I guess it really comes down to where the family is going to be most happy and where I’ll be happy and able to play some good footy.”<br><br>Tate said he would go through all of his options over the coming weeks before making a final decision and admitted he was keen to examine any outside offers.<br><br>But he refuted suggestions that he was secretly looking for a way out of the Warriors following the announcement that brother-in-law and Warriors team-mate Steve Price – who is married to Tate’s sister Jo – would retire at the end of the season.<br><br>“I haven’t spoken to any other clubs yet and I haven’t even really spoken to the Warriors,” he said. “The past few weeks have just been about getting back to playing and being comfortable.<br><br>“I’ve heard a few people over here say, ‘oh he is being really cagey about it’, but that’s exactly where I’m at with it all. I’m not trying to be cagey or hide anything, that’s just exactly where we’re at. <br><br>“George has said there is a bit of interest there, which is always nice, but we’ll lay out all the options in front of us and make a decision that suits my family and where I think I’m going to play my best footy.”<br><br>Tate’s return has helped spark a Warriors revival this season, after he missed almost the entire 2009 season with a serious knee injury.<br><br>Named captain for the first time last weekend in the absence of Simon Mannering, Price and Micheal Luck, he scored a try in his side’s stunning 30-24 win over Canterbury at ANZ Stadium.<br><br>Tate said he was finally starting to feel comfortable again following his second knee reconstruction in three years.<br><br>“It’s getting there,” he said. “It’s still a bit sore just with the start-up stuff but it’s getting better. <br><br>“I definitely feel that my best footy is still ahead of me so I’ve got to keep working hard and keep chipping away.<br><br>“The other thing with my contract is that the Warriors wanted to see me play footy before we did anything and I wanted to feel comfortable too.<br><br>“I’m just starting to get to that stage now.”