The Parramatta Eels have posted their ultimate revenge on the Manly Sea Eagles. After nearly a decade of the Eagles poaching their best players the Eels have turned the tables.
It started with players like Will Hopoate Darcy Lussick and David Gower. More recently the Eels have been removing the spine of the club with Brad Arthur and Anthony Watmough being poached by the Silvertails’ arch rival. Now, if rumours are to be believed, the coup de grace is about to be administered to a club already on its knees.
Kieran Foran has been linked with a move to the Eels, though his signing is yet to be officially confirmed by either club.
After the recent defection of Daley Cherry-Evans to the Gold Coast Titans this news sounds the death knell to the hopes of the Manly club.
Manly fans are irate at the club for allowing the splitting up the halves pairing Cherry-Evans and Foran. The two cut a swathe through opposition teams in their years playing together.
Bu the consequences of the recent exodus are dire: If losing Cherry-Evans to the virtually imploding Titans set off warning bells, then losing Foran to arch-rivals the Eels must be a clear sign of the apocalypse.
Manly players, it seems, are willing to do anything and go anywhere to leave. Rumours of discontent with coaching staff and salaries have bubbled to the surface on occasion. But it seems the club’s woes are not limited to such personal or financial disagreements.
For all intents and purposes the once proud and strong Manly club is being treated as a sinking ship – and it is each man for himself.