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Manly in strife after attempting to sign 14-year-old

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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly’s rebuilding process has hit a temporary pothole after the club was given a rap over the knuckles for attempting to recruit a 14-year-old.

    The Australian understands NRL salary cap auditor Jamie L’Oste-Brown contacted Sea Eagles chief executive Joe Kelly after the game’s governing body was alerted to the club’s pursuit of the teenager.

    It is understood the Sea Eagles put up their hand up and acknowledged the mistake — clubs are not allowed to sign players until the year they turn 15 — although that has done little to appease the angst that is growing among rival clubs over Manly’s attempts to arrest their dwindling fortunes.

    The shot across the bow from the NRL comes as the club’s long-time recruitment boss Dave Warwick faces an uncertain future — Warwick wasn’t involved in the pursuit of the 14-year-old and has effectively been cut out of the loop following the return of Sea Eagles legend Bob Fulton as head of strategy and football.

    Warwick has been at Manly for more than a decade — a period in which the Sea Eagles have been perennial finalists — but appears to be on borrowed time, his long service counting for little as the club completes a purge of its ranks.

    Kelly, who was at Brookvale Oval on Friday night as Manly beat Wests Tigers, failed to return calls or text messages from The Australian last night amid suggestions he had taken leave.

    Rumours, however, persist over his future at the club, those fans further flamed last week when former chief executive Grant Mayer parted ways with Wests Tigers.

    Chairman Scott Penn, who is overseas on business, insisted the club was committed to Kelly in an email to The Australian last week but that has done little to douse speculation the chief executive is weighing up his tenure.

    “Joe is on a long-term contract with the Sea Eagles and we have a very important plan to deliver,” Penn wrote.

    “We are very happy with Joe and he has been working incredibly hard in difficult circumstances thus far this year.

    “We are very optimistic about the future and Joe is instrumental in bringing our plans to life.”

    The turbulence at administrative level is being mirrored within the football operations as coach Geoff Toovey comes to terms with the fact he won’t be at the club beyond 2015.

    After months of rumours and innuendo, Penn has reportedly told Toovey he will not be coach next season despite having a further year to run on his existing deal.

    Penrith assistant Trent Barrett, who has been given time off by the Panthers to resolve his future, is expected to take over at some point in the near future, although he may be forced to wait until the end of the season as Toovey digs in his heels.

    The Sea Eagles have won only four games this season and remain anchored at the foot of the ladder, although they showed flashes of their potential in beating the Tigers last Friday night with halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans playing starring roles.

    While Foran will leave for Parramatta at the end of the season, Barrett will take the reins of a club strengthened by the retention of Cherry-Evans and the recruitment of Queensland prop Nate Myles, Lewis Brown and most likely Darcy Lussick.

    Amid fears the Sea Eagles squad could be stripped bare, Fulton has overseen a remarkable rebuilding that has ensured Barrett will have a quality squad to work with.

    The club has also cast its net far and wide as it attempts to strengthen its junior ranks.

    In doing so, it has ruffled the feathers of rival clubs by swooping on some of the game’s young stars.

    While some clubs are up in arms over Manly’s practices, others are hatching plans to fight fire with fire by taking aim at some of the best talent on Sydney’s northern beaches.


    http://m.theaustralian.com.au/news/...k=885107f77568c1ac5a90736d32a75c69-1434930797
     
  2. Moondog

    Moondog Amazing Blue Footed Boobie Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I feel their pain......yeah right.
     
  3. Daddycool08

    Daddycool08 Well-Known Member

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    When we buy promising youngsters we are decimating the NRL of talent and we are obviously trying to buy another premiership.

    When other clubs do it they are only rebuilding their own rosters to make the competition more even.

    You see we buy premierships others just strengthen their rosters. :banghead:

    How old was this kid 14 years 11 months and 30 days, or had he just turned 14 years? Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
     
  4. Frogz

    Frogz Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    And like any other week, whatever happens (or doesn't happen) at Manly gets played out in the Media.
     
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Roosters are probably upset we got in first when they planned to swoop in on the kids 15th birthday.
     
  6. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Probably the least bad thing one could try and buy a 14 year old for.
     
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    • HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Probably Turbo #3 :)

      What a non event of a story @:cool:

      Has Jenning's booking sheet disappered?
       
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      • Berkeley_Eagle

        Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        Is there a 14 year old Fulton ?
         
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        • HappilyManly

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          No Fulton, but Jake's little brother would be about 14.
           
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          • EagleFromMay1967

            EagleFromMay1967 In bed before the room got dark.

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            Clearly inappropriate for Manly to try to get off the bottom of the comp. Spooners forever - that's our rightful position for here on out. :envy:
             
          • Ryan

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            Love how Jennings goes to the clink, gets little press, yet Manly try and secure the future of a young man...20 paragraph marathon in the Australian.

            Lol.
             
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            • mosto

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              Nothing story, evidenced by the two paragraphs dedicated to the article title followed by a further 17 talking about the recruitment officer, CEO and coach getting the sack and general instability at the club. More quality News Ltd journalism.
               
            • Clay

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              Who ever it was is 14 and 6 months at the oldest.
              If they turned 15 at some point this year we could sign them.
              The club should know these rules, but I'm just happy they are active in the junior market
               
            • tookey

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              Yes he is having his 15th birthday at Politis' hosue
               
            • Daddycool08

              Daddycool08 Well-Known Member

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              No apparently he is being chaffered to Disneyland where the whole park has been bought by Politis so he could woo the kid to become a Rooster. @;)

              Backflip anyone?
               
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              • sheridanstand78

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                Its always the way, we dare to rebuild and fix our problems and we are buying a premiership or being unethical. Yet if one of the pet NRL clubs does that its their great vision.

                The news limited press resent our club so much that they will do anything to destabilize our club by peddling untruths and slurs.
                 
              • Vyssini

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                Is there any chance the nickname of NRL salary cap auditor Jamie L’Oste-Brown is "Bag"?
                 
              • Budgewoi Eagle

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                Also good for mowing lawns and washing cars.
                 
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                • Budgewoi Eagle

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                  It must be difficult for clubs to manage up and coming juniors. If a 15 year old signs and they're not ready for first grade for at least 5 years, what length contract do you offer? How are clubs compensated for all the work they put in before the cap means they can't keep the youngster they identified and developed. From the heights of DCE to the talented babies, the system is a long way from perfect.
                   
                • NewwyEagle

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                  Oh how my heart jumped when I glanced at this headline
                   

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