Manly have betrayed me, says Monaghan From the SMH Sea Eagles captain Michael Monaghan says he feels betrayed by the club he has helped transform from cellar dwellers to frontrunners. Just hours after the Sea Eagles declined to offer him a contract for next year, Monaghan told The Sun-Herald his immediate future was likely to be in England. His manager Jim Banaghan says he has already fielded interest from two English clubs, including Warrington. The Sea Eagles halfback, who turned out at Henson Park yesterday to cheer on Manly's Jersey Flegg side against the Roosters, said he felt he'd been naive throughout the negotiation process and was hurt by the club's suggestion he was holding out for more money. "They basically told me I had two weeks to perform, and I got man of the match on Friday night [against the Roosters] and put in a decent performance the week before and I still don't have a contract for next year," he said. "The most disappointing thing was for them to come out and say I've asked for more money when not once have I asked for a cent more than they offered. "They've basically tried to make me look bad, but they can't say I asked for a single cent more than they offered me. AdvertisementAdvertisement "It would have been nice if they'd been honest in the first place, instead of starting stories about how I wanted more money." But the 25-year-old was adamant the strained relations between himself and the club would not affect his performance for the rest of the season. "I don't play for [coach] Des [Hasler] or [executive director] Paul Cummings," he said. "I play for the other 16 blokes out there and that'll be my focus for the rest of the year. "I'm not going to get too worried because we've still got half a season to go and I'm going to keep playing well for the same reason I wanted to stay in the first place - for the other blokes at the club who are really good friends." While his future remains uncertain, Monaghan conceded there was probably some truth to rumours that Manly were looking at Storm halfback Matt Orford as his replacement. "Manly now have to find themselves another halfback and it'd be pretty naive to suggest they haven't talked to other players, they've obviously been talking to someone," he said. Orford yesterday refused to comment about Monaghan's sacking but said the drama over his contract negotiations would be likely to end this week. Despite the setback, Monaghan was up-beat about his future in league, saying he'd like to use the opportunity to travel and play overseas, but wouldn't rule out staying in the NRL if an offer came up. "There's been some interest already so I'll look at heading overseas and do a bit of travelling while I play footy," he said. "I'm only young and haven't had an opportunity to travel and it's something I'm interested in doing." Monaghan's dad Stewart said yesterday he too was upset and felt the club had turned its back on his son. "Last season when Manly were really struggling and the coach was struggling and trying to get wins, Michael put his hand up and helped Des out," he said. "It seems this year when Michael needs a little help, Des has turned his back on him." Manly issued a statement yesterday saying: "At this stage Manly are unable to make an offer to Michael Monaghan and that was conveyed this morning to his manager Jim Banaghan by Paul Cummings and Des Hasler." Sure takes the gloss off the win imo.