NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Jazz Tevaga of the Warriors in action during the round 22 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

The Warriors are looking to re-sign off-contract forward Jazz Tevaga as three rival clubs circle, as reported by the NZ Herald.

Is it understood that the 22-year old is keen to remain in New Zealand, however, he knocked back their initial contract offer to test his value on the open market.

“The club offered me a contract that I turned down initially,” Tevaga told the NZ Herald.

“The coin wasn’t where I wanted it to be but we’ve got a lot of big signings at the club and they take up a big portion of the salary cap.

“There’s a lot of things to weigh up at the moment. I’m just trying to focus on my game week to week and not think about that stuff but it’s pretty hard not to.”

Tevaga’s management has begun discussions with the Warriors, while the three rival clubs, including one Sydney team, have yet to table formal offers.

“I would love to stay at the Warriors but if things don’t work out I might have to make the move across the ditch,” Tevaga said.

“It’s up in the air. If it happens (in the next couple of weeks), it happens.

“I’m just trying to concentrate on my footy and play well and hopefully carry that on into the finals and I can sort that contract stuff out later.”

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Tevaga is focused on continuing his strong vein of form, playing 18 games off the bench and proving a reliable replacement for injured hooker Issac Luke.

Warriors general manager of football was confident that a deal with Tevaga would be struck soon.

“(Recruitment manager) Peter (O’Sullivan) has been in some pretty heavy dealings with his manager over the last few weeks but it will hopefully come to a conclusion very soon,” Smith told NZ Herald. 

“The fact negations are still going on suggests there is still some middle ground there.
“Stephen is very hopeful as well that we can not only reach an agreement but do it pretty quickly.

“I know Jazz is keen to stay and we’re keen to keep him again and it’s just a matter of establishing that price.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. Roach will be back next season. Jazz was always 3rd in the row and has been great at times but we don’t ‘need’ him. Unless Luke is gone, if that happens we can’t let him go.

    • I think he is more of a lock/prop over hooker and I feel you have undervalued how much Hes been doing this year.

  2. IMO he’s should have taken the first offer if he wants to stay. He’s not up there as a must have …yet. Luke & Roach are a must have hooking combo. Backrower depth is ok but not the best which maybe a better suited position for Jazz with his willingness to get the offloads away to supporting players.

  3. This guy goes good, way better then roache, but really thing he looks better as a middle forward anyway, had put some good performances in lately

  4. Roach is injury prone, he will be on the field for 5 mins and end up injured again. He’s had surgery on his spine , I cant see him playing at NRL level.

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