ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 17: Chris Satae of the Warriors charges forward during the NRL trial match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Rotorua International Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Warriors prop Chris Satae will remain with New Zealand, knocking back the Storm’s lucrative offer to play in Melbourne

Satae has been tabled a three-year deal from the reigning premiers, but clauses in his contract may permit him to stay with the Warriors next season.

One of those clauses is due to Satae playing his fifth game for the season off the bench this Friday against the Cowboys. Another clause guarantees him an upgraded deal in 2019 if he plays 10 games this season.

The Warriors are yet to offer the 25-year old an extension beyond the 2019 season.

Satae’s agent Dixon McIver says his client is faced with a difficult decision, considering the opportunities the Storm are offering.

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“There is a three-year offer that is a very good and secure offer for him and his family,” McIver told nzherald.co.nz.

“The Warriors did have the opportunity to take Chris up prior to round 13, which they never activated, hence him being in this lull period at the moment until the fifth game clause is activated.

“These are the twilight years of his career and he can’t be just a bench player going forward when he has the chance to be a starting player and he will develop into a much better prop than what you see now.”

 

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