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Monday, 5 November 2018

Hasler makes first player move at Manly


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Des busts a move

It hasn't taken Des Hasler too long to dig his heels in at Manly, with the newly minted Sea Eagles coach making his first move in the player market.

Hasler, who only returned to the club a matter of weeks ago, has organised the release of centre Brian Kelly to head back home to the Titans for next season.

According to NRL.com, Kelly was off contract at the end of 2020 but hadn't put pen to paper on a one-year extension, meaning he was able to speak to clubs from November 1 and Gold Coast swooped.

Hasler opted to grant Kelly a release with the financial terms of Kelly's release the only outstanding issue.

Kelly played under-20's with the Titans before signing with Manly and making his NRL debut in 2017.

Hasler has wasted no time in bringing in new personnel that resonates with Manly fans, with former players Matt Ballin and Michael Monaghan appointed to coaching and welfare positions.

Both players have achieved success at Manly under Hasler.

Hayne to meet with Dragons

St George-Illawarra will hold a meeting with the off-contract Hayne about the prospect of the two-time Dally M Medalist joining the Dragons next season.

Hayne is unhappy with the offer from Parramatta to remain at the club but the Eels are held back by salary cap issues and will need to offload a player to keep him, most likely Michael Jennings.

The outside back has been going and forth with the Dragons over the last few days and key stakeholders at the club will begin discussions with him soon.

The Saints have taken hits to their backline following the retirement of Jason Nightingale and the departure of Nene MacDonald to the North Queensland Cowboys and Hayne is seen as a perfect acquisition because of his versatility in the back-line.

Hayne is also contemplating a move to French rugby union, where he could join former teammate Semi Radradra.

Burgess boys could part ways 

Wayne Bennett’s move to the Bunnies in 2020 could have serious implications for the George and Tom Burgess.

Bennett is keen to bring Broncos rising star Tevita Pangai Jr to the club and that could mean splitting up the twin brothers.

 “I reckon that they might split. I reckon that they will sign one, I don’t think that they will sign both because they have interest in Tevita Pangai Junior and they are pretty hopeful to get him at the club in twelve months time," The Australian’s Brent Read told Triple M Rush Hour.

"I think that they will keep Tom, and George might go."

"In George I have no doubt (that other clubs will be interested in him), Paramatta were pretty close to him a year or two ago.

"Clubs will chase George Burgess, he’s a good player. If he’s looking for a club, I'm sure that a million will be chasing him."

Knights re-sign rising star

Newcastle has re-signed youngster Lachlan Fitzgibbon, rewarding the local product for his sensational form.

Fitzgibbon was a big weapon on the left edge for the Knights last year and was a regular in the starting side.

https://twitter.com/NRLKnights/status/1059311344690688001

"Lachlan is a fantastic player and above all else, a quality young man," Knights chief executive Philip Gardner said.

"Lachlan is a Newcastle product and represents what the club is about. He's dedicated, hardworking, selfless and puts the team first.

"He's extended with us until 2021, at which time we hope he will be a State of Origin backrower.

"Having secured Lachlan, we have taking a big step forward to ensuring the Knights are on track for a successful future."

Des busts a move

It hasn't taken Des Hasler too long to dig his heels in at Manly, with the newly minted Sea Eagles coach making his first move in the player market.

Hasler, who only returned to the club a matter of weeks ago, has organised the release of centre Brian Kelly to head back home to the Titans for next season.

According to NRL.com, Kelly was off contract at the end of 2020 but hadn't put pen to paper on a one-year extension, meaning he was able to speak to clubs from November 1 and Gold Coast swooped.

Hasler opted to grant Kelly a release with the financial terms of Kelly's release the only outstanding issue.

Kelly played under-20's with the Titans before signing with Manly and making his NRL debut in 2017.

Hasler has wasted no time in bringing in new personnel that resonates with Manly fans, with former players Matt Ballin and Michael Monaghan appointed to coaching and welfare positions.

Both players have achieved success at Manly under Hasler.

Hayne to meet with Dragons

St George-Illawarra will hold a meeting with the off-contract Hayne about the prospect of the two-time Dally M Medalist joining the Dragons next season.

Hayne is unhappy with the offer from Parramatta to remain at the club but the Eels are held back by salary cap issues and will need to offload a player to keep him, most likely Michael Jennings.

The outside back has been going and forth with the Dragons over the last few days and key stakeholders at the club will begin discussions with him soon.

The Saints have taken hits to their backline following the retirement of Jason Nightingale and the departure of Nene MacDonald to the North Queensland Cowboys and Hayne is seen as a perfect acquisition because of his versatility in the back-line.

Hayne is also contemplating a move to French rugby union, where he could join former teammate Semi Radradra.

Burgess boys could part ways 

Wayne Bennett’s move to the Bunnies in 2020 could have serious implications for the George and Tom Burgess.

Bennett is keen to bring Broncos rising star Tevita Pangai Jr to the club and that could mean splitting up the twin brothers.

 “I reckon that they might split. I reckon that they will sign one, I don’t think that they will sign both because they have interest in Tevita Pangai Junior and they are pretty hopeful to get him at the club in twelve months time," The Australian’s Brent Read told Triple M Rush Hour.

"I think that they will keep Tom, and George might go."

"In George I have no doubt (that other clubs will be interested in him), Paramatta were pretty close to him a year or two ago.

"Clubs will chase George Burgess, he’s a good player. If he’s looking for a club, I'm sure that a million will be chasing him."

Knights re-sign rising star

Newcastle has re-signed youngster Lachlan Fitzgibbon, rewarding the local product for his sensational form.

Fitzgibbon was a big weapon on the left edge for the Knights last year and was a regular in the starting side.

https://twitter.com/NRLKnights/status/1059311344690688001

"Lachlan is a fantastic player and above all else, a quality young man," Knights chief executive Philip Gardner said.

"Lachlan is a Newcastle product and represents what the club is about. He's dedicated, hardworking, selfless and puts the team first.

"He's extended with us until 2021, at which time we hope he will be a State of Origin backrower.

"Having secured Lachlan, we have taking a big step forward to ensuring the Knights are on track for a successful future."

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