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Matai, Stewart next on Manly's wanted list

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by swoop, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Brad Walter
    April 30, 2012

    AFTER retaining the services of star five-eighth Kieran Foran, Manly officials are today expected to table an offer to Kiwi Test centre Steve Matai.

    While the battle to keep Foran from the clutches of former coach Des Hasler and Canterbury has dominated headlines, Sea Eagles officials have been working behind the scenes to keep many of the club's other big-name stars who are off contract at the end of the season.

    Next on their list after Foran and halfback Daly Cherry-Evans are Matai, fullback Brett Stewart and strike forward Tony Williams.

    Matai's manager Gavin Orr said negotiations with the club had been ongoing and he expected to receive an offer from the Sea Eagles today.

    ''They are going to make us an offer tomorrow and if it is something that he feels he wants to stay then he will stay, otherwise the Sharks and two other clubs are interested,'' Orr said. ''We should be further down the road tomorrow with them and I then have to get back to the rest of the clubs.''

    Stewart has been linked to Sydney Roosters but the star fullback is widely tipped to accept an offer believed to worth about $1.2 million over three years to play out his career with Manly, while no announcement is likely on Williams's future until mid-year. The Test forward, who has two weeks of a seven-match ban for a lifting tackle left to serve, is understood to have until June to activate an option clause in his contract that guarantees him a one-year extension.

    However, offers from the Bulldogs and Parramatta are believed to be far more lucrative and may prove too much for a 23-year-old, who has never been on big money, to refuse.

    Other Manly players off contract include props Jason King, Brent Kite and Darcy Lussick, hooker Matt Ballin and winger David Williams. With the exception of Lussick, all have played either State of Origin or Test football and the 22-year-old forward is in demand from rival clubs.

    ''There are people out there who are interested in all of our players and they doing what is best for them,'' Sea Eagles co-owner Scott Penn said. ''That means we are putting forward the best possible offers we can put forward with the best possible terms that meet our requirements in terms of making sure we abide by the salary cap and looking at what the business can afford. At the same time we are doing everything we can to retain them and communication has been high. It is not as if we are not having strong dialogue with the management and the players. We have got a number of negotiations going on but there is a complexity to it all and these things do take time.

    ''They are complex negotiations that are multi-faceted and do have ramifications on other people within our team so therefore, in the spirit of trying to do everything we can to retain the squad, we need to make sure we go through the right process.''

    Matai will today come under scrutiny from the NRL match review committee over an incident in which he appeared to make contact with referee Brett Suttor during Friday night's 12-10 win over Canterbury. The incident occurred in the 20th minute after Matai was penalised by Suttor for dissent and if charged he is likely to face suspension due to his poor disciplinary record.

    Manly are also monitoring the fitness of David Williams before Sunday's clash with Canberra at Brookvale after the representative winger was forced off against the Bulldogs with a hamstring injury.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/matai-stewart-next-on-manlys-wanted-list-20120429-1xszo.html#ixzz1tTsoUNUu
  2. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

    +514 /6
    It would be nice to know who is actually off contract as I thought King, Kite and Matai were tied up for next year.

    If this is true I would think Stewart Matai, Rex & Ballin are next in the pecking order.
  3. Frogz

    Frogz Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Hope your wrong with the first 2 therre......
  4. torana355

    torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +2,094 /36
    That guy is an idiot, King is contracted till the end of 2014 and kite till the end of 2013. Matai is still under contract with us next year aswell!!!
  5. bones

    bones Bones Knows

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    Kite re-signs
    Kite to fly on with Manly Sea Eagles

    By Mute
    – September 26, 2011Posted in: Brent Kite, Manly Sea Eagles, News
    Two-year deal

    The Manly Sea Eagles have received a huge boost ahead of their grand final appearance with the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday with back rower Brent Kite agreeing to extend his contract for at least another two years.
    The new deal, which will be finalised following the grand final, will see Kite’s stay with the Sea Eagles extended until at least the end of 2013.
  6. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    By Origin time the stories will be:

    Manly star halfback Daly Cherry Evans is off contract at the end of the year and the club is looking to shore up his long term services, while his kiwi international halves partner Foran could activate a get-out clause in his contract that would allow him to leave after Origin III. Several clubs are already circling and talks have begun with his manager. The Eagles are confident both will stay, but for base pay.

    By year's end the entire squad will be off contract and Manly will have salary cap pressure so large, they will only be able to retain 6 players and buy none, which sadly means we won't have a team for next year's world 7's.
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    • Clint

      Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +2,173 /34
      haha - classic
    • Kiwi Eagle

      Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +3,886 /65
      I would like to know why we need to table an offer to Matai who we secured last year

      It is a weird business
    • EagleRock40

      EagleRock40 Well-Known Member

      +211 /4
      I think both Matai and Kite agreed to 2 year deals, with the 2nd year (2013) being an option.
    • Kiwi Eagle

      Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +3,886 /65
      There was an article floating around with 3 years for Matai
    • Eagle1188

      Eagle1188 Active Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +194 /12
      100% correct Torana, this guy is after the tosser award, King signed end 2014, Kite end 2013, Matai end 2013, T Rex end 2013, (doesn't have a get-out clause, only a up grade clause in his favour but none of that sells papers), sick of these wanker jurno's, Matai's manager said jack sh#t, it was only last year the Warriors were trying to sign. Any how that's my 2cents
    • Mals

      Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +1,652 /39
      These "options" in contracts in the player's favour sound as bad as get out clauses.
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      • Brissie Kid

        Brissie Kid Well-Known Member

        +1,176 /19
        Didn't Des handle all the contract negotiations?

        This time around the club management are doing them.

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