Watmough has been granted permission by the Sea Eagles to negotiate with rival NRL clubs for the 2016 season.
Manly forward Anthony Watmough has been granted permission to negotiate with rival NRL clubs for the 2016 season, according to reports.
The 30-year-old is under contract with the Sea Eagles for next season despite speculation he wants a release from the club.
Watmough has been at the centre of unrest at Brookvale over the departure of back-rower Glenn Stewart, who will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs next season.
The New South Wales representative has been linked with moves to the Parramatta Eels and the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Under NRL rules, Watmough must be given permission to speak with rival clubs at this stage of his contract, which according to The Daily Telegraph has been granted by Manly.
The newspaper also report that Watmough was offered a two-year contract extension by Manly, but it has since been withdrawn.
Watmough is among a handful of players upset by Stewart’s departure from the club.
The Sea Eagles currently sit on top of the NRL table, but have lost two of their past three matches.
They host Penrith at Brookvale on Sunday before travelling to Townsville to face North Queensland in the final round of the season.