After finishing second last year, Manly is facing the prospect of blowing the team up.
Internal rift is ripe with rumours that possibly five star players will choose to depart Brookvale amidst tides of turmoil between management and the players. The release of Glenn Stewart has reportedly prompted three other senior players to seek release from the team Brett Stewart, Steve Matai and Anthony Watmough are some of the disgruntled players who are considering walking away from the team.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey was quick to deny the allegations. "I don't get into those things in the public space. We have a tight playing group that has been together for a while and those blokes that are new to the club have brought into that," Toovey said to Rippa.com.
He also quashed rumours that the Sea Eagles players are at odds with each other after reports surfaced that the Parramatta Eels are making moves to sign star halfback Daly Cherry Evans with a $4 million, four-year contract.
The club recently did not make any efforts to retain the services of long time forward Glenn Steward who fled for the Souths. Manly General Manager David Perry did not make an offer to the player and the said decision is putting cracks into the organization.
Aside from Cherry Evans, five-eighth Kieran Foran still has not made a commitment to stay with the club and has made no moves from either side to re-negotiate a deal despite his contract expiring at the end of next year.
Watmough was recently linked with Parramatta given his friendly relations with Eels coach Brad Arthur while Bratt Stewart could don a Redfern jersey and be united with his brother Glenn if he is granted a release. Foran's stature as a player would be in high demand if also seeks to leave the team.