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Manly re-sign Taupau until end of 2020

Manly forward Martin Taupau has re-signed with the club until the end of 2020.
Manly re-sign Taupau until end of 2020
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For the second time in a year, Martin Taupau has earned a new contract away on Kiwi duty.

Despite having a further three years to go on his current NRL deal, Manly moved to tie down their star forward for an extra season on Tuesday, making him a Sea Eagle until the end of 2020.

"Marty loves the club and wanted to commit for a long term because he likes the direction we are going,'' coach Trent Barrett said on Tuesday.

"He is a tremendous competitor, great trainer, and a player willing to do the things to make himself better. He will be a key player for Manly in the years ahead."

The extension comes almost a year after his move from Wests Tigers to Manly was infamously confirmed by a Canadian theatre critic while on tour with New Zealand.

Taupau is currently in Perth preparing for the Kiwis' Test against Australia on Saturday, but was nonetheless delighted to secure his long-term future at the club.

""I am very happy with this extension of my contract. I thoroughly enjoyed my first season with the Sea Eagles this year,'' he said.

"There is a lot to like about the direction the team is heading in. Trent Barrett is a wonderful coach and I look forward to further developing my game under him."

Taupau, 26, averaged 142 metres in his 20 games for the Sea Eagles in 2016, including four line breaks, 32 offloads and 58 tackle breaks.

His re-signing comes in the same week brothers Jake and Tom Trbojevic also penned extensions until 2020.

Sea Eagles head of football Bob Fulton called Taupau one of the premier forwards in the game.

"And he will only get better,'' Fulton said.

"We are delighted to have him for another four years and his contract now has him in line in terms of length with the Trbojevic brothers Jake and Tom.

"They, along with half-back Daly Cherry-Evans, will form the basis of a very strong team long term for the club."

While the Taupau announcement is a coup for the club, the focus remains on the immediate future of injured veterans Brett Stewart (knee) and Steve Matai (neck).

Both continue to be monitored through their rehabilitation.

It remains to be seen whether either player will see out their contract in 2017.

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