Steve Matai

Steve Matai

The New Zealand Warriors deny they made an attempt to lure Manly’s Steve Matai to Mount Smart despite numerous reports suggesting otherwise.

It’s understood that Matai, who has played 12 Tests for the Kiwis, twice requested an early release from the remaining one year on his contract at Brookvale Oval and is seriously considering a move across the ditch.

Although Warriors coach Andrew McFadden admitted the club had at one point considered recruiting the 29-year-old centre, reports by Australian media of a four-year offer worth $2.5million were wide of the mark.

“I was surprised about that report,” McFadded said in an interview with RadioLive. “We certainly haven’t tabled anything to Steve.”