Former NRL star Manu Vatuvei has returned to the New Zealand Warriors' wellbeing department after being released from jail on parole. Vatuvei, who played for the Warriors for 14 seasons, was sentenced to nine months' home detention in 2020 after admitting to charges of possessing and supplying methamphetamine. However, he has now been given the opportunity to work with the Warriors' players in a mentoring role.
Vatuvei's return to the Warriors has been welcomed by the club's CEO, Cameron George, who said that the former winger would be a valuable asset to the team. "Manu is a respected figure within the club and the wider rugby league community," George said. "He has a lot of experience and wisdom to share, and we are delighted to have him back on board."
The news of Vatuvei's return to the Warriors has been met with mixed reactions from fans and commentators. Some have praised the club for giving Vatuvei a second chance, while others have expressed concern about his past behaviour and the message it sends to young players. However, the Warriors have stated that Vatuvei will be closely monitored and supported in his new role.