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Man at the heart of Manly Sea Eagles’ pride jersey controversy says it “brought us closer”

The NRL, and specifically Manly Sea Eagles, were at the heart of a controversy back in Round 20 as the club released a special pride jersey for Everyone in League.

However, seven Manly players refused to wear the shirt due to religious reasons.

This led to the seven being dropped for the game even enabling former Leeds Rhinos man James Segeyaro getting another shot in the NRL.

This derailed their season culminating in them losing their remaining fixtures and missing out on the play-offs which could lead to legal issues as a play-off finish would have seen coach Des Hassler’s contract extended.

Instead, it wasn’t meaning that now that Hassler has been relieved of his duties at Manly, he is considering legal action which would see him receive a bigger payout citing the club’s mishandling of the situation as the reasons behind their collapse.

Hassler also earnt the respect of the so called Manly seven as Tolutau Koula said in the Canberra Times.

He said: “Des backing us boys in our decision was pretty special, just to know that he had our backs, that’s another reason why it’s so sad to see him go.

“He’s so loyal to us. Dessie will do anything for us boys and I’m sure all the boys will do anything for him too.

“What happened happened, and I’m sure us as a seven will probably speak about it together. But at the moment the focus is on here with Tonga.”

He also said that along with other issues at the club has actually brought them closer together: “I think with everything that’s happened, it’s brought all of us closer together.

“There’s been a lot of noise, the main thing was trying to block out that noise and not let it affect us. It was all pretty crazy.”

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  1. Roland Orzabal

    October 22, 2022 at 2:57 am


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