Manu hoping to extend contract

Willie Manu wants to extend his stay at Langtree Park
Willie Manu wants to extend his stay at Langtree Park
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Willie Manu has revealed he is in fresh contract talks with the club and would love to stay at Langtree Park, writes Chris Amery.

The 34-year-old, who has been in impressive form this year either side of a thumb injury, is out of contract at the end of this season.

“I’m still talking with the club but it would be good to stay here - my family are settled here and I’m enjoying it,” he told the Reporter, yesterday.

“I settled in really quickly last year and it has helped having Sia and Mose here as well and Tony Puletua last year.

“Saints is just a great club who look after their players and everyone gets along.”

Manu also told of the Saints players’ determination to get their own back on rivals Wigan following the Good Friday defeat.

And he admitted that keeping Warriors skipper Sean O’Loughlin quiet will high on the agenda this Friday.

He said: “It’s always a big test against Wigan. It will be a hard, physical game. But we’re eager to get one back on them - we’ve been talking about that this week because we let ourselves down on Good Friday.

“If we do what we’ve trained to do we’ll have a good chance of winning the game. We know O’Loughlin plays a big role in their team - they look for him when times get tough so if we can stop him it will help us. They’ll be looking for a response too after losing to Wakefield.

“If we tighten up on our completion rate and keep the ball better it will help us get the win.”

Manu also told of his delight at being back in the team following his lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken thumb and backed Saints to stay top of the league.

He added: “Playing definitely beats getting flogged on the pitch on your own. It wasn’t the best injury to get because it meant I could do everything but play!

“As a team, we’ve gone through some ups and downs but we’re on top now and will do our best to stay there. We just need to take one week at a time and if we all perform as a team the table will take care of itself.”

Meanwhile, Saints coach Nathan Brown revealed that winger Adam Swift could play against Wigan and that injury-plagued Richard Beaumont is set to play his first game of 2014 with Rochdale.