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Manly's battle to keep Trbojevic brothers

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  1. Mitch

    Mitch Well-Known Member

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    Manly facing race to re-sign Jake and Tom Trbojevic before they go on open NRL market
    October 5, 2016 7:00pm

    DEAN RITCHIE

    MANLY are racing the clock to re-sign Jake and Tom Trbojevic in a $4.5 million package deal before the superstar brothers go on to the NRL open market in just 25 days.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal the Sea Eagles have been forced to shed several players, including utility Jamie Buhrer, to ensure there is sufficient money in the club’s salary cap to retain the Trbojevics.

    Manly fans took to social media questioning Buhrer’s exit but club officials are acutely aware Tom and Jake are free agents on November 1, when rival NRL clubs can approach players who are off-contract after the 2017 season.

    Rival clubs have already started discussing ways to lure the Trbojevic brothers, who would come as a package.


    The Sea Eagles have started negotiating dual three-year deals and club officials are confident of retaining the pair before November 1.

    It shapes as a bumper free agency period with the likes of Wests Tigers stars Aaron Woods, James Tedesco, Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses all off contract, as well as Canterbury’s Josh Reynolds and South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds.

    A number of players have so far been reluctant to sign deals beyond next season as they await the NRL’s decision on the salary cap increase.

    Manly are clear favourites to re-sign the pair, who are already genuine NRL stars and are knocking on the door of representative football. The Trbojevics are local juniors and it’s understood they want to remain at Brookvale.

    Desperate clubs however will try and tempt the brothers with rich offers to quit the peninsula.


    Manly have already offloaded Buhrer to Newcastle this week, while the playing futures of fullback Brett Stewart (knee) and centre Steve Matai (neck) remain uncertain.

    Winger Jorge Taufua has another year remaining on his contract but may attract interest from rival clubs.

    The Trbojevics would accept equal pay of about $750,000 a season. Tom has already been touted as a State of Origin player for 2017 while Jake has just returned from Papua New Guinea where he represented the Prime Minister’s XIII.

    Buhrer had a year to run on his Manly deal but has now picked-up a two-year contract at Newcastle to shore-up his immediate future.

    Manly want to build their club around the Trbojevics, in the same way they did with Brett and Glenn Stewart 13 years ago.


    Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett paid tribute to Buhrer.

    “Jamie Buhrer has been a terrific player for Manly in his 128 first grade games and this opportunity gives him a chance to extend his career at a new club,” Barrett said.

    In a swap for Buhrer, Manly signed former NSW winger Akuila Uate. Newcastle will still pay a fair chunk of Uate’s contract.

    Uate was a superstar a few years ago and could be spectacular signing if Manly can rediscover his best form.

    “Aku has been a wonderful player over many years and a holds a proud record at our club,” said Knights CEO Matt Gidley. “He is a tremendous character of the game and had a special affiliation with the fans. We acknowledge this has been a difficult process.”

    Uate said: “I know this is the best decision for my family and we look forward to new opportunities.”

    Manly have already signed Melbourne grand final five-eighth Blake Green and Warriors forward Shaun Lane for next season.
     
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  2. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    What $4.5m per season! Each!
     
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  3. Turbo1

    Turbo1 Scott Penn is a **** head

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    I'll try if you want.
     
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  4. Turbo1

    Turbo1 Scott Penn is a **** head

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    @Mitch sorry mate I couldn't get the article. Normally you can get a limited number of premium articles a week.
     
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  5. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What is the title of the article
    Put it into google news
     
  6. Mitch

    Mitch Well-Known Member

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    Updated now mate
     
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  7. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Boom! here is the fluff to justify the Buhrer deal.
     
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  8. Manly@capital

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    Perhaps if the club had not signed the dead weight likes of Myles, Green, Brown, Wright, Winterstein or Williame, champion leaders like Jamie Buhrer, and fine local products like Clint Gutherson, would not have to be 'moved on'. As for Barrett commenting, please! what an imposter and lapdog for Sydney Rooster Fulton and that slob zero Zorba Peters.
     
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  9. Mitch

    Mitch Well-Known Member

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    I would see $1.5m a year for both of them in a 3 year deal as pretty good value. Obviously Ritchie knows exactly what's going on through Zorba, with those details mentioned.

    I dare say a deal would be close to, if not already done, with the re-signing 'justifying' Jamie Buhrer being offloaded.
     
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  10. Turbo1

    Turbo1 Scott Penn is a **** head

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    They are certain to re sign it's just how long that is the question. Neither will leave for cash. I don't believe either are worth 750 as yet but will be very soon. Need to lock them up long term.
     
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  11. Briza

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    $750k each for 4 yr deal would be better from a club perspective, and Very good coin for two young local juniors.
     
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  12. king2213

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    how stupid do they think we are ... the depths we have fallen to

    what a circus
     
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  13. Kevinward777

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    What are you on about? They obviously had to move someone fast, NO ONE would have taken Lewis Browns 2 remaining years off us. So stop going on about Bozo choosing Brown over Jamie. Same goes for Nate Myles. Buhrer on the other hand would be an attractive proposition to a club like Newcastle as has proved to be the case. Why not wait for all the pieces to fall into place before harping on about how sh1t our recruitment is. Signing both Trbojevic brothers to long term deals will be a massive win for the club.
     
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  14. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Well said Kevin !!!
     
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  15. Bearfax

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    Look. They're worth the coin. Its one smart move by the club. Hope it comes off.
     
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  16. Terry Zarsoff

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    The problem for Barrett now is the perception that he is the emperor with no clothes. After touting that Buhrer was a player he wanted in his side, as co-captain no less, he is now lauding him on his way out! The perception is that Fulton is pulling the strings and Barrett has little say in the matter, however misguided that notion might be.

    I feel a bit sorry for him as this could create another team morale issue, that could help to de-rail another season, if he fails to manage the issue in a deft manner.
     
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  17. yokahontas

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    The thing is, it might be some 'justification' for offloading Jamie - if it's true. BUT - we all know that the attempts to get rid of Jamie started last year, and that rumour about Greg Bird hasn't gone away. If it turns out we have signed, or do sign, an oxygen thief like Bird - then we had the money to retain the Trbojevics AND Buhrer all along. Sorry, but if we sign Bird, I'll be hoping for a career-ending injury straight up, to minimise the time we have to endure seeing that disgrace to a Manly jersey.

    That bumper sticker comes to mind about the above article: "is that true, or did you read it in the Daily Telegraph?"
     
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  18. Wombat64

    Wombat64 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    As long as Myles and Brown are in Sea Eagles jerseys we will always have plenty of ammunition about crap recruitment
     
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  19. Fluffy

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    or perhaps the actual reason.

    Needed to make some room

    Needed a player others would want

    Picked a player where we have some coverage albeit not as good (Brown, Bainbridge, Winterstein & Hoppa).
     
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  20. manlyfan76

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    If they had to move someone on fast as you say to sign the brothers then their management skills are worse than first thouht.
     
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