Manly are in the midst of something of a storm at the moment.
It all started when some players refused to play in the club’s pride jersey which derailed their play-off ambitions and has left then coach Des Hasler pursuing legal action over how the club dealt with the situation as had the Sea Eagles made the eight his contract would have been automatically extended.
Instead, still with one year left on his deal, Hasler was sacked yesterday by the club causing plenty of discussion with more than a few believing this is the wrong decision.
Reportedly some of those who think the wrong decision was made are in the Manly squad and include 2021 Dally M Medal winner and one of the world’s finest player at the moment Tom Trbojevic as well as his brothers including a member of the Australia World Cup squad in the shape of Jake Trbojevic.
Rumour has it they wanted a clause in their latest deal that allowed them to leave if Hasler did. Though this clause was never added, reports have suggested that the three have been looking for a way out of the club with the Daily Telegraph revealing that they were offered to a Sydney based club.
That said, Manly Chief Tony Mestrov has rubbished these claims telling the Daily Telegraph: “I don’t know where those suggestions are coming from because they aren’t coming from the club,” Mestrov said.
“I’ve spoken to Tom and Jake numerous times, including on Thursday. “They are the future of the club. It is simple. They are Manly through and through and as far as we’re concerned they will be here until at least the end of 2026.
“There is no doubt they are a little disappointed with what has gone on in the past few months. But they love the club and they won’t be going anywhere.”