The New Zealand Herald is reporting that Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is close to re-sign with the New Zealand Warriors.
The 24-year-old fullback is a valuable commodity, but why a New Zealand rugby team cannot manage better results than the Warriors have managed is the tougher question.
Tuivasa-Sheck was the captain of the squad last season, but his leadership of the club playing at Mount Smart Stadium might be in question, as the Warriors concluded the 2017 season in 13th position.
It was a fairly widespread assumption that Tuivasa-Sheck would leave the Warriors, with a number of NRL clubs anxious to get their mitts on the promising young player, along with New Zealand Rugby, who had their own plans for his future.
Tuivasa-Sheck told Fox Sports that, “Coming into pre-season my focus was just to get right. I know my manager is doing stuff but I told him I just want to come to training, get a feel for things and go from there.”
The Warriors were similarly inclined when club CEO Cameron George told the newspaper, “We reiterate that we’d love Roger to be a part of our club’s future. He’s a huge part of the Warriors and as I’ve said before, we have been talking with Roger and his management for some time.”
The world of sports loves its cloak and dagger scenarios, but it comes down to a simple business decision.
Tuivasa-Sheck is off contract this year. Despite what every player proclaims when saying that he wants to be part of a winner, the losers often have the most money to spend.
For the Warriors, they have to decide if the financial outlay to retain Tuivasa-Sheck is a sound investment.
For Tuivasa-Sheck, he must decide according to his best interests.
If the equation can be balanced to the satisfaction of both sides in the transaction, all is well in Auckland. If not, there are numerous options both sides can investigate. sfaction of both sides in the transaction, all is well in Auckland. If not, there are numerous options both sides can investigate.