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Manly Sea Eagles throw prop Matt Lodge NRL lifeline​

Story by Jasper Bruce • 15m ago


Matt Lodge has made Manly his next home after being granted an early release by the Roosters.

Matt Lodge has made Manly his next home after being granted an early release by the Roosters.© Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS

Matt Lodge has accepted a sizeable pay-cut to finish the year on a train-and-trial deal with Manly, his fourth NRL club in just over two years.

The prop forward left the Sydney Roosters last month after being told there was no space for him in 2024 given Jared Waerea-Hargreaves' contract extension and the imminent arrival of premiership winner Spencer Leniu.

Off-contract at season's end, Lodge was expected to see the year out but was permitted an early release after falling out of favour at the selection table.
Lodge's options for a new club appeared limited given his previous history.

The Wests Tigers cut him loose after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour reckless assault charge incurred while holidaying in New York in 2015. Lodge threatened to kill a German tourist, assaulted the man who came to her aid and threw a wine bottle at police but avoided jail time.
Lodge's next NRL club Brisbane released him as new coach Kevin Walters began tinkering with the roster in mid-2021.

He was released by the Warriors after expressing concerns with relocating to Auckland once COVID-19 restrictions eased and an alleged falling-out with club owner Mark Robinson.
Lodge will line up for Manly's NSW Cup side Blacktown on Sunday.

The $1,000-per-week train-and-trial deal represents quite the paycut for Lodge, who was reportedly paid $700,000 by the Warriors to leave in mid-2022.

He bolsters a Manly middle rotation that also includes Jake Trbojevic, Josh Aloiai and Taniela Paseka.


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The Tigers have reportedly sealed the signatures of a pair of rising stars as a plan for the merger club to add an experienced coach to its ranks has been revealed.

According to Danny Weidler of 9 News, the Tigers have secured deals for brothers Latu and Samuela Fainu.


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