You make a lot of sense.Extending your 33 year old highest paid player after a couple of good games at the start of the season, nearly 2 whole years out from when they are off contract, until 2025 when they will be 36 years old is something I'd laugh at any club at. Particularly with a high number of talented young players and good Manly clubmen coming off contract in that time. Expect to lose a few!
The kind of move I'd expect from the Tigers or Warriors, but certainly not Manly
To me, the end of DCE's original contract, in 2023, would have been a perfect time for him to leave Manly and for us to thank him for his service. I am amazed at the extension, and would like an explanation.
I could understand if the club wanting him to join the coaching team but as a player a 36-year-old halfback is not going to work. My hope is that he may transition into a lock where I think he'd be more suited.