The Manly board have replied to rumours of unrest at the club.
The Manly Sea Eagles board have released a club statement that vows the club won’t be swayed by player power, presumably responding to rumours of unrest at the club.
The Manly board on Wednesday night moved to assure Sea Eagles fans that they “fully supported” the honouring of contracts.
It comes after the news that long-time servant Steve Matai has asked from an early release from the club, whilst Steve Watmough and Brett Stewart are reportedly seeking to play elsewhere in 2015 after the Sea Eagles failed to re-sign Brett’s South Sydney-bound brother Glenn.
“The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles board has thrown its support behind the Head Coach and the Club’s position around recent player retention,” the statement read.
“Coach Geoff Toovey addressed the board at their monthly meeting this evening where his position on players honouring their NRL contracts with the Club was fully supported.
“Negotiations are ongoing with a number of players that will hopefully see them remain at the Club, but these remain confidential until the Club is in a position to make an official announcement at the appropriate time.”
“Finally, the board would like to acknowledge their regret at not being able to retain Glenn Stewart but we look forward to seeing him back on the field and farewelling him in the best possible way at the end of the 2014 NRL season.”
The Sea Eagles currently sit on top of the NRL ladder, despite the claims of unrest.