Manase Manuokafoa agrees two-year deal with option for third year

Manase Manuokafoa will join Widnes on a two-year deal from next season

Manase Manuokafoa will join Widnes on a two-year deal from next season

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MANASE Manuokafoa is to leave the Bulls at the end of the season and join Widnes Vikings on a two-year deal.

The Tonga international prop, who joined Bradford from Parramatta ahead of the 2012 campaign, was keen to stay in Super League after the Bulls' relegation was confirmed on Sunday.

He said he was looking forward to joining Denis Betts' side, who have enjoyed a fine season and are in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

The 29-year-old, whose contact at Widnes has an option for a third year, was delighted to have joined the Vikings after talks with Betts and chief executive James Rule.

Manuokafoa said: “I’m really happy to be joining the Widnes family and I know a lot of the boys there already.

"There are some great players at Widnes already and I just can’t wait to be a part of it.

“I met up with James and Denis and we spoke about where the club is going and I’m pretty excited. I’m looking forward to coming to Widnes next season and ripping in.

“With the situation as it is at Bradford I needed to get my future sorted and I wanted security for my family.

"Denis has shown faith in me and I’m over the moon to be joining Widnes and enhancing the club’s good name.

“The club is making so much progress, you can see that from where they were last year to where they are now and I want to help them get even better. I’m so happy I’ve got this opportunity and I can’t wait.

“For a front rower I’m heading into my peak and I want to better myself and improve. Widnes has some good young players coming through but I want to earn my spot in the team. I want to enjoy my game and improve week in week out.

“I’ll leave Bradford with some good memories and I’ve had a good three years there but you have to move on. I’ve made friends for life there, and the fans have been brilliant but this is a new chapter for me at Widnes.”

Luke Gale will join Castleford next season and Jamal Fakir is heading home to France to play for Lezignan.

 

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3:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Storck says...

And the rats start jumping
And the rats start jumping Storck
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3:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

blue marlin says...

TBH he has to do whats best for him and his family but tuesday am 7:24 he is pondering his future and today at approx 14:30 his off to widnes!
lets be up front.
TBH he has to do whats best for him and his family but tuesday am 7:24 he is pondering his future and today at approx 14:30 his off to widnes! lets be up front. blue marlin
  • Score: 17

3:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Pablo says...

Storck wrote:
And the rats start jumping
He's an employee, not a supporter.

He's doing the right thing for himself and his family.

We'll only be left with the dross, whose playing ability is the reason we are where we are.
[quote][p][bold]Storck[/bold] wrote: And the rats start jumping[/p][/quote]He's an employee, not a supporter. He's doing the right thing for himself and his family. We'll only be left with the dross, whose playing ability is the reason we are where we are. Pablo
  • Score: 12

3:27pm Wed 23 Jul 14

rogerthat! says...

Pablo wrote:
Storck wrote:
And the rats start jumping
He's an employee, not a supporter.

He's doing the right thing for himself and his family.

We'll only be left with the dross, whose playing ability is the reason we are where we are.
It's a shame all the so called supporters start calling Players when they decide to leave , for looking after their FAMILYS. The Demise of Bulls is down to the Hoods and No Khans who squandered the money and ran off like Bullrats. It's seems all players who decide to leave are suddenly Rubbish but were great when playing for Bulls????. It's a short career and popularity does not pay the Bills or the Taxman,unless you are the Bulls Directors.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Storck[/bold] wrote: And the rats start jumping[/p][/quote]He's an employee, not a supporter. He's doing the right thing for himself and his family. We'll only be left with the dross, whose playing ability is the reason we are where we are.[/p][/quote]It's a shame all the so called supporters start calling Players when they decide to leave , for looking after their FAMILYS. The Demise of Bulls is down to the Hoods and No Khans who squandered the money and ran off like Bullrats. It's seems all players who decide to leave are suddenly Rubbish but were great when playing for Bulls????. It's a short career and popularity does not pay the Bills or the Taxman,unless you are the Bulls Directors. rogerthat!
  • Score: 16

3:39pm Wed 23 Jul 14

nosher says...

Good luck to him. IMO he has been lucky to play in SL for the last 3 years without being outstanding. Ah van has improved since he went to Widnes. Maybe manu will do the same.
Good luck to him. IMO he has been lucky to play in SL for the last 3 years without being outstanding. Ah van has improved since he went to Widnes. Maybe manu will do the same. nosher
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Parz says...

nosher wrote:
Good luck to him. IMO he has been lucky to play in SL for the last 3 years without being outstanding. Ah van has improved since he went to Widnes. Maybe manu will do the same.
Agreed. If they can get the Nas that came over for his first season, he'll do a good job for them. Otherwise he's little over average. Good luck to him.
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. IMO he has been lucky to play in SL for the last 3 years without being outstanding. Ah van has improved since he went to Widnes. Maybe manu will do the same.[/p][/quote]Agreed. If they can get the Nas that came over for his first season, he'll do a good job for them. Otherwise he's little over average. Good luck to him. Parz
  • Score: 4

4:32pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

He really isn't that good anyway
Luke Gale really isn't that good anyway
Fakir isn't that good anyway,
All no real loss.
He really isn't that good anyway Luke Gale really isn't that good anyway Fakir isn't that good anyway, All no real loss. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 6

4:37pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Parz says...

Bowlingboy wrote:
He really isn't that good anyway Luke Gale really isn't that good anyway Fakir isn't that good anyway, All no real loss.
I'd have liked to kept Fakir as long as we could get more minutes out of him.
[quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: He really isn't that good anyway Luke Gale really isn't that good anyway Fakir isn't that good anyway, All no real loss.[/p][/quote]I'd have liked to kept Fakir as long as we could get more minutes out of him. Parz
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

Parz wrote:
Bowlingboy wrote:
He really isn't that good anyway Luke Gale really isn't that good anyway Fakir isn't that good anyway, All no real loss.
I'd have liked to kept Fakir as long as we could get more minutes out of him.
He is more over weight than me that lad....
In all positions we need players with speed and aggression
The Forwards more so than anywhere else.

Its stating the obvious but we need some nasty kids with a point to prove,
[quote][p][bold]Parz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: He really isn't that good anyway Luke Gale really isn't that good anyway Fakir isn't that good anyway, All no real loss.[/p][/quote]I'd have liked to kept Fakir as long as we could get more minutes out of him.[/p][/quote]He is more over weight than me that lad.... In all positions we need players with speed and aggression The Forwards more so than anywhere else. Its stating the obvious but we need some nasty kids with a point to prove, Bowlingboy
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

1964gc says...

If nas was that good he would nt be in England in the first place,at least the option considerations were not drawn out ,the sooner we know which cards we are playing with the better
If nas was that good he would nt be in England in the first place,at least the option considerations were not drawn out ,the sooner we know which cards we are playing with the better 1964gc
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....
Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... Worstbus
  • Score: -5

6:01pm Wed 23 Jul 14

1964gc says...

Worstbus wrote:
Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....
The bulls will continue where ever,there are no bullocks knob rot.

Was not too long ago Widnes were nt in SL either -yet they were once champions too

Better to have done it and have the memory,than never have done it all.the super owes a great deal to Bradford,we were the ones who whole heartedly embraced the new era .
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....[/p][/quote]The bulls will continue where ever,there are no bullocks knob rot. Was not too long ago Widnes were nt in SL either -yet they were once champions too Better to have done it and have the memory,than never have done it all.the super owes a great deal to Bradford,we were the ones who whole heartedly embraced the new era . 1964gc
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mumby was the best says...

Storck wrote:
And the rats start jumping
How brave of you. Bet you dare not call those who choose to leave RATS to their face. They are doing what is right for their family. At 5pm on Sunday everything was decided for next year in your words the ship wasn`t sinking but sunk. It was obvious there was going to be big changes and boy are they needed many of this team IMO are not up to SL standard but if they can get better deals they do right to do so again they are not RATS but players who put their bodies on the line to earn a crust not like some of the overpaid so called superstars who play puffball.
[quote][p][bold]Storck[/bold] wrote: And the rats start jumping[/p][/quote]How brave of you. Bet you dare not call those who choose to leave RATS to their face. They are doing what is right for their family. At 5pm on Sunday everything was decided for next year in your words the ship wasn`t sinking but sunk. It was obvious there was going to be big changes and boy are they needed many of this team IMO are not up to SL standard but if they can get better deals they do right to do so again they are not RATS but players who put their bodies on the line to earn a crust not like some of the overpaid so called superstars who play puffball. Mumby was the best
  • Score: 11

8:38pm Wed 23 Jul 14

beverleyhills cop returns says...

Worstbus wrote:
Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....
You should of been a comedian my sides are splitting but you really do need to get a life
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....[/p][/quote]You should of been a comedian my sides are splitting but you really do need to get a life beverleyhills cop returns
  • Score: 1

8:48pm Wed 23 Jul 14

beverleyhills cop returns says...

So the trolls are out with there drivel which always makes me laugh but like I say to people in real life say it to my face or don't say it at all. Its easy to be brave on a key board but if any of you are real men come up to odsal on sunday I will even pay for you to get in and lets see how funny you are then ha ha ha ha ha. The true supporters of the bulls will never allow the lights to be turned out so come on internet heroes have you got the b#lls BULL TILL I DIE
So the trolls are out with there drivel which always makes me laugh but like I say to people in real life say it to my face or don't say it at all. Its easy to be brave on a key board but if any of you are real men come up to odsal on sunday I will even pay for you to get in and lets see how funny you are then ha ha ha ha ha. The true supporters of the bulls will never allow the lights to be turned out so come on internet heroes have you got the b#lls BULL TILL I DIE beverleyhills cop returns
  • Score: 7

8:52pm Wed 23 Jul 14

beverleyhills cop returns says...

Storck wrote:
And the rats start jumping
Do us all a favour and get a life
[quote][p][bold]Storck[/bold] wrote: And the rats start jumping[/p][/quote]Do us all a favour and get a life beverleyhills cop returns
  • Score: 0

9:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

You bullocks fans are understandably touchy, must be difficult en route to oblivion while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come.

Cheer up, soon be Giro day for you all.

FOYB!!!
You bullocks fans are understandably touchy, must be difficult en route to oblivion while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come. Cheer up, soon be Giro day for you all. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: 0

10:19pm Wed 23 Jul 14

1964gc says...

Worstbus wrote:
You bullocks fans are understandably touchy, must be difficult en route to oblivion while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come.

Cheer up, soon be Giro day for you all.

FOYB!!!
Is that the same rhinos who at the launch of super league shunned the bulls style match day entertainment, yet one year later tried to copy it?

The same rhinos we ate for breakfast for years,the same rhinos who without caddick are sunk?

Sure as eggs are eggs the bulls will return to glory,it may be 2 years it may be 10,that's how sport goes
I doubt youhave ever observed it long enough to know but you will probably type some b sh t to the contrary,thing is no one cares about your opinion

Headingley is in Leeds for your reference if you ever decide to watch a game,the thing they pass around is called the ball.....
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: You bullocks fans are understandably touchy, must be difficult en route to oblivion while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come. Cheer up, soon be Giro day for you all. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]Is that the same rhinos who at the launch of super league shunned the bulls style match day entertainment, yet one year later tried to copy it? The same rhinos we ate for breakfast for years,the same rhinos who without caddick are sunk? Sure as eggs are eggs the bulls will return to glory,it may be 2 years it may be 10,that's how sport goes I doubt youhave ever observed it long enough to know but you will probably type some b sh t to the contrary,thing is no one cares about your opinion Headingley is in Leeds for your reference if you ever decide to watch a game,the thing they pass around is called the ball..... 1964gc
  • Score: -1

10:24pm Wed 23 Jul 14

bradfordbronco says...

Worstbus wrote:
You bullocks fans are understandably touchy, must be difficult en route to oblivion while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come.

Cheer up, soon be Giro day for you all.

FOYB!!!
Were you old enough to remember the last time Leeds won a trophy?
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: You bullocks fans are understandably touchy, must be difficult en route to oblivion while the Super Leeds Rhinos will be challenging for trophies for years to come. Cheer up, soon be Giro day for you all. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]Were you old enough to remember the last time Leeds won a trophy? bradfordbronco
  • Score: -1

10:29pm Wed 23 Jul 14

bradfordbronco says...

beverleyhills cop returns wrote:
Worstbus wrote:
Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....
You should of been a comedian my sides are splitting but you really do need to get a life
Either that or get some kind of professional help. He is a bit obsessed with the Bulls in a very unhealthy way. It's definitely not normal behaviour!
[quote][p][bold]beverleyhills cop returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Manase will be playing in Super League next season, the bullocks won't. Will the last person to leave the bullocks turn the lights off please... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....[/p][/quote]You should of been a comedian my sides are splitting but you really do need to get a life[/p][/quote]Either that or get some kind of professional help. He is a bit obsessed with the Bulls in a very unhealthy way. It's definitely not normal behaviour! bradfordbronco
  • Score: -1

10:33pm Wed 23 Jul 14

bradfordbronco says...

blue marlin wrote:
TBH he has to do whats best for him and his family but tuesday am 7:24 he is pondering his future and today at approx 14:30 his off to widnes!
lets be up front.
Its a bit odd that he's telling the T&A one thing on Tuesday and by Wednesday he's telling the Widnes news or wherever this story came from, a completely different tale the next day.

Good to him, except for when the Bulls play them at the end of next season in the mini league
[quote][p][bold]blue marlin[/bold] wrote: TBH he has to do whats best for him and his family but tuesday am 7:24 he is pondering his future and today at approx 14:30 his off to widnes! lets be up front.[/p][/quote]Its a bit odd that he's telling the T&A one thing on Tuesday and by Wednesday he's telling the Widnes news or wherever this story came from, a completely different tale the next day. Good to him, except for when the Bulls play them at the end of next season in the mini league bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Wed 23 Jul 14

-HCK3R- says...

same old trolls ........different user names after their others got blocked !
same old trolls ........different user names after their others got blocked ! -HCK3R-
  • Score: 0

7:05am Thu 24 Jul 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Here we go again lets start slagging off players that decide to put their families and careers first - there is none of the trolls on here that would dare to say it to his face which just about sums them up.

Manase has had a hard shift in the last two seasons as we have been light on the ground with props; he will like everyone else that has left Bulls do well at his new club.

Fair play for him to coming out and being honest whilst other players are keeping quiet when it is known they are leaving.

Addy is going as is Brett K. The problem we have is our academy side is not good enough to step up so we need to start buying players now before the good ones have been snapped up by the other Championship clubs that are pushing for a top 4 finish next season.
Here we go again lets start slagging off players that decide to put their families and careers first - there is none of the trolls on here that would dare to say it to his face which just about sums them up. Manase has had a hard shift in the last two seasons as we have been light on the ground with props; he will like everyone else that has left Bulls do well at his new club. Fair play for him to coming out and being honest whilst other players are keeping quiet when it is known they are leaving. Addy is going as is Brett K. The problem we have is our academy side is not good enough to step up so we need to start buying players now before the good ones have been snapped up by the other Championship clubs that are pushing for a top 4 finish next season. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 3

11:06am Thu 24 Jul 14

caledonia15 says...

Good luck to him, it may be the move that sparks him up again, he was pretty good in his first season with us under Mick Potter, but has gone downhill this last 2 seasons. They certainly seem to bring the best out of players at Widnes Ah Van has improved since he went there.
Don't like knocking anyone once they have gone, but the comments coming out about the coaching under Francis Cummins are a bit worrying.I still think he did a very good job in terrible circumstances, but his backroom staff obviously don't appear as if they were up to scratch with some of the comments now coming out
Good luck to him, it may be the move that sparks him up again, he was pretty good in his first season with us under Mick Potter, but has gone downhill this last 2 seasons. They certainly seem to bring the best out of players at Widnes Ah Van has improved since he went there. Don't like knocking anyone once they have gone, but the comments coming out about the coaching under Francis Cummins are a bit worrying.I still think he did a very good job in terrible circumstances, but his backroom staff obviously don't appear as if they were up to scratch with some of the comments now coming out caledonia15
  • Score: 0

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