'The fans deserve it' - Warriors legend Simon Mannering wants to retire as a champion

It has been seven long years since the Warriors have played in a NRL grand final and one of the departing veterans is hoping to give the New Zealand club a championship before he retires.

Simon Mannering celebrated his 300th NRL milestone game for the Warriors last Friday in Auckland, with a 20-16 victory over Canberra Raiders.

The 32-year-old is playing in his final year in the competition for the Warriors and wants to leave the club on a high.

"The fans deserve it (championship)," Mannering told NRL.com.

Warriors haven't been in the play-offs since they lost the grand final to the Manly Sea Eagles 24-10 in 2011. The only players remaining in the squad that year are Shaun Johnson and Mannering.

"That is the motivation itself, we haven't been there for a long time," said Mannering.

"It's a different ball game (play-offs) and it is something really exciting to be a part of.

Former Melbourne Storm and now Warriors second rower Tohu Harris secured an NRL championship ring last year and knows what it takes to win a premiership.

Simon Mannering is carried from the field by teammates David Fusitu'a and Ken Maumalo after playing his 300th match. NRL Premiership rugby league. Vodafone Warriors v Canberra Raiders. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Friday 31 August 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Simon Mannering is carried from the field by teammates David Fusitu'a and Ken Maumalo after playing his 300th NRL match. Source: Photosport

"It starts with coming in every single day and putting the work in (at training)," Harris told NRL.com.

"We want to do something at this club that hasn't been done before."

The Warriors take on the Penrith Panthers this Saturday at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Manly players including Brett Stewart celebrate the winning try during the NRL Grand Final between the New Zealand Warriors and Manly Sea Eagles in 2011, Sunday 2 October 2011. ANZ Stadium, Hombush, Sydney, Australia. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz
Manly players including Brett Stewart celebrate the winning try during the NRL Grand Final between the New Zealand Warriors and Manly Sea Eagles in 2011. Source: Photosport