Manly Sea Eagles back rower Joe Galuvao has decided to continue playing with the Sea Eagles next season having verbally agreed to a new deal.
Delaying retirement, the 33-year-old will play on regardless of how the side fairs against New Zealand in Sunday’s grand final although the terms of the new contract are still being negotiated.
“I’m going to go around again next year,” Galuvao declared to sportsnewsfirst.com.au.
“I’m still finalising details… Knowing I’m going to be here next year I’m dreading pre-season.”
In a career which has already spanned 13 seasons, New Zealand born Galuvao faces his former side where he began his career, the Warriors, for what will be his second premiership win should the Sea Eagles take the big one at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Having played for the Warriors, Penrith, South Sydney and Parramatta, the former Kiwi International signed a two-year deal with Manly after failing to register double digits in 2009 with the Eels.
A key member of the Manly outfit and close to his coach Des Hasler, Galuvao could not say no to another year of NRL.
“The clubs been great to me and want me to stay around which is a good thing that I’m wanted and not begging on my knees,” he said.
“I’m grateful for all the opportunities and now to be in a grand final as well, it’s a credit to the coaching staff for how much time they have invested.”