More Manly Sea Eagles looking to fly on
THE simmering player unrest at Manly has reached flashpoint, with destructive Kiwi centre Steve Matai reportedly demanding an immediate release from the final year of his contract and glamour five-eighth Kieran Foran unlikely to accept a new deal after 2015.
There's also been renewed rumblings star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans is looking closely at his options.
News Limited has reported that an unhappy Matai has a $1 million three-year deal awaiting, naming NRL clubs the Titans, Warriors and Eels as the three front-runners to secure his services. The Eels are also in the running to get Foran's signature.
Matai (pictured) has talked about leaving Manly ever since the club failed to re-sign representative forward Glenn Stewart, who has since signed with South Sydney, and later after it failed to retain another veteran, Anthony Watmough, who will play for the Eels. Stewart (185) and Matai (202) have played 387 games for the Sea Eagles.
Matai is believed to be disappointed at a two-year extension offer from Manly, which is the same money as he currently earns and considerably less than what he has been offered elsewhere. New Sea Eagles boss Joe Kelly is hoping to retain Matai and Foran.
"I'm seeking to understand what's going on with him (Matai) moving forward," he said. "He's one of a few we'd like to sort out sooner rather than later so we can focus on the upcoming season.