Yes, this is true - Manly will not pay overs. And rightfully so, but ...Perspective time
Cust leaving may be not all about Manly letting him go
Cust leaving may be because Manly are not giving him a go and Cust may be given an opportunity else where ???
Walker has been offered another contract. As much as I like what Walker brings (and I know you are a huge fan), I think his time at Manly should be up at the end of the season. Much like with Suli, we simply have not got a good return on our investment. I'm sorry to say, we just haven't.
As of November 1, other clubs may offer Cust an enticing deal. Manly should match most offers with the money that would be going to Walker. Long-term, Cust over Walker every day of the week. Walker doesn't cut it in the back 5 anymore, so is now being utilised as a 13 / backup playmaker. Cust is already a better 6,7, and 9 than Walker will ever be, and I could see him playing a similar role at 13 if ever needed. He has youth, and is on much less money. A no-brainer. If Manly truly wanted to keep him, we could easily do so.