Teenage sensation Sione Mata’utia says the motivation and inspiration behind his remarkable rise to Test football — his mum Matalena — will have the final say in his long-term playing future and the future of his brothers Chanel and Pat.
“There are some obstacles in the way but we want to get it sorted out as soon as possible,” he said.
“We all want it to be here (Newcastle) but if it takes us elsewhere, it takes us elsewhere.
“It will come down to what suits my mum best. She will have a talk to the club and let them know what she thinks and if she is happy with that, we’ll take it.
“To be honest, wherever we go, footy is always going to be there. We just have to take care of our mum first because she is our number one priority.”