15 Apr 2011

Kiwis centre hoping to stay at Newcastle

3:01 pm on 15 April 2011

The in-demand New Zealand rugby league international Junior Sa'u wants to stay at Newcastle, but his management team has warned the Knights' new owners they can't wait around forever.

Having patiently watched Tinkler Sports Group's failed chase of Canterbury centre Jamal Idris - who signed a five-year deal with Gold Coast on Tuesday - Sa'u's manager Steve Gillis says the pocket dynamo is anxious to find out whether he would be part of the new regime.

Celebrating his 24th birthday on Monday, Sa'u is keen to remain at the club to work under incoming coach Wayne Bennett in 2012, but Gillis says there's plenty of clubs ready to pounce if the Knights fail to act.

Gillis refused to divulge which clubs had declared an interest in Sa'u, who has represented the Kiwis in nine Tests, but it is believed the Bulldogs had made early enquiries as a back-up plan if Idris left.