Promising front rower Chris Satae is set to remain at the Warriors next season despite a lucrative offer to join the Melbourne Storm.
The 25-year-old has been weighing up whether to accept a three-year deal with the reigning premiers but the Warriors have no intention of letting go of one of their most promising forwards.
The 1.92 metre 115 kilo powerhouse has been named to make his fifth appearance of the season off the bench in Friday's clash against the Cowboys in Townsville, which will activate a clause in his contract that will keep him at the Warriors for another year.
Another clause promises Satae an upgraded deal for 2019 if he goes on to feature in 10 games this season, but the Warriors are yet to make an offer to extend his contract beyond next season.
Despite being commited to the Warriors, Satae's agent Dixon McIver says his client faces some tough decisions, with the offer from Melbourne promising better financial security and the chance to become a regular NRL starter as a replacement for departing Storm prop Tim Glasby.
"There is a three-year offer that is a very good and secure offer for him and his family," said McIver.
"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."
A move across the Tasman would also make life easier for the father of three and his partner, with both of their families living in Australia.
"A lot of decisions that Chris has to make involve the wellbeing and security of his family going forward," said McIver.
"With all of his family and his partners living in Australia and none here, there's a lack of support.
"These are determining factors in Chris' choices as to whether he does remain or goes."
Senior Warriors forward and unofficial Kiwis leader Adam Blair has taken Satae under his wing this season and hopes he is able to carve out a long career at the Penrose-based club.
"Chrissy has got a really bright future so I'll most probably go and have a word with him to see where his head is at," said Blair.
"He feels comfortable in having a chat to me and I'm just here to listen and guide more than telling him what to do. It's more about making him feel comfortable with his surroundings and how he plays and backing himself.
"And that's the key for the Warriors, trying to keep our players here and not letting them go. We don't want to lose our players to any Australian teams, because sometimes they get away and end up becoming really good players and NRL stars."
Meanwhile, the Warriors new owners Carlaw Heritage Trust and Autex Industries have confirmed their board directors.
The trust's four members are Bruce Cameron, Kevin McDonald, Cameron McGregor and Selwyn Pearson, and Autex will be represented by Rob Croot and Mark Robinson. An independent director is yet to appointed.
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