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Caption: Steve Matai holds Brayden for a photo with team-mate Luke Burgess.

All I want for Christmas is…Steve Matai?

Brayden Corbett only had one wish last was for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai to visit him on his fourth birthday.

The Christmas wish came true last week when the Sea Eagles arranged for Brayden to come and meet his ídol’ at training.

Below is a  thank you letter from Brayden’s mum, Pip Corbett, to Michelle Carpenter, Manly’s Community Assistant.

“I just want to say that Brayden had in his words, ‘the best day ever’.

I can’t ever thank you enough for giving us the opportunity for him to meet his idol, Steve Matai. He slept in his signed jersey and wore it to Kindy the next day for news.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the players who took a few minutes of their time to say hi to him but most importantly can you please pass on my personal thanks to Steve Matai who did above and beyond his job of a footy player.

Steve is truly a great person. Spending that time with Brayden I can’t even describe to you how much that meant to him. He is on cloud 9! He doesn’t even know positions on the footy field but all he wants to be when he grows up is a No. 4 Footy player for Manly.

I also want to say from the bottom of my heart a big thank you to you,Michelle! If it wasn’t for you this day would never of came. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to take us over and introduce him to everyone and for your patience with Brayden when he went shy at the start.

To see the smile on his face has cemented my belief in don’t ever give up on a Christmas wish that your child asks Santa for! Anything is possible J

Brayden is now crossing the days off our calendar to the Manly V Sharks game.

Thanks so much again.




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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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