Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors after scoring a try against the Canberra Raiders last year.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors after scoring a try against the Canberra Raiders last year. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Warriors favourite reportedly joining Super League

ICONIC Kiwi winger Manu Vatuvei is set to finish his career with English side Salford, according to reports in the UK and New Zealand.

The 31-year-old is contracted with the Warriors until the end of 2018, but has struggled for game time while weighing up his future this season.

A release from the final year of his deal is expected to be finalised some time this week, allowing him to link with the Red Devils after injuries and form have limited him to just 32 games in the past three seasons.

Warriors boss Jim Doyle told the New Zealand Herald on Monday that the club was aware of Salford's approach to the veteran, but could not confirm where Vatuvei will be next year.

"We do know that Manu is looking at his future but to our knowledge nothing is finalised yet," Doyle said.

"We've had discussions with Manu and his manager and they are certainly looking at what the future may hold for him, but to my knowledge nothing is finalised."

Vatuvei has played 226 games for the Warriors since debuting in 2004, but has been hampered by shoulder, rib, hamstring and knee injuries in the past three seasons. He has played just one NRL game this season.

He has been included in coach Stephen Kearney's initial 21-man squad for the Warriors' past two games but has been cut from the final team both times.

News Corp Australia

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