Manly has lost MANY superstars since I have followed them in the 1980's & the NRL has done very little to HELP them stay....other clubs are always crying for compensation or a twist in the system to keep players in the game or at their club ect, well its BS as far as I am concerned!! Sure its not great losing a player like Burgess to the enemy, but if he wants to go to Yawnion, like Marshall, too bad!! Personally find it ridiculous players like G or B Stewart can be courted by opposition clubs & the story is about Manly struggling to keep its star players, wheres the old cliche about long serving players getting help to stay at the 1 club due to long service, most seemed to leave that factor out of the report. Very little to do with compensation , in fact, many Seaeagles have taken pay cuts to allow the team to stay united... thats how its done if you genuinely want to keep the club together, no crying about changing rules or handouts. Teams like Melbourne & Souths seem to get looked upon with compassion when to me, they are NO more important than ANY other NRL teams & deserve NO sympathy at all....fancy changing SOO so Burgess stays....not convinced if Matai or Foran got snapped up by Rugby Yawnion their would be uproar they would have stayed if they could play SOO & to me both would be straight into that arena. Tbh if they defected its their decision & though it would be dissappointing, theres ALWAYS new talent to step up to the plate who WANT to be there.