NRL 2022: Manly star Marty Taupau requests immediate release to join Parramatta Eels
Manly’s week from hell has taken another wrong turn with one high-profile star requesting permission to join a Sydney rival.
Marty Taupau may have played his last game for Manly
after asking for an immediate release from the club.
The Kiwi International is without a contract next season and his management has asked the Sea Eagles for permission to join a rival franchise, which is believed to be Parramatta.
Players have until August 1 - this coming Monday - to switch clubs and Taupau has a motivation to link with Parramatta.
The Eels are one club that have left salary cap room
for a late-season signing.
Not only would the experienced enforcer be a shot at playing finals footy at the Eels, the move would also likely extend his NRL career beyond its current 14th season.
The 32-year-old front-rower would prove a valuable addition to a Parramatta pack which is preparing for a forward exodus.
Marata Niukore, Isaiah Papalii, Reed Mahoney, Ray Stone and Oregon Kaufusi are all leaving the Eels at the end of this season.
Taupau has proven a mainstay of the Sea Eagles pack for the past seven seasons and his experience is a major lure.
After a torrid week due to a personal matter unrelated to the club’s jersey controversy, Taupau ran for 94-metres while producing four offloads and a tackle bust in Manly’s loss to the Roosters on Thursday night