Strain of off-field dramas shows at Manly

Manly are showing signs of strain as off-field dramas, injuries and lack of form continue to hit the NRL club hard.

Reports surfaced this week of a legal dispute with major sponsor Coco Joy, which could cost Manly around $3 million.

They followed news last week that police were looking into claim of alleged match fixing involving two Manly matches last season.

Manly were not happy at the continued focus on the match fixing allegations at a media opportunity at their Narrabeen base on Thursday.

“There is a lot of stuff in the paper I am surprised to read, half of it isn’t the truth. We will just leave it up the club and they will sort it out, our job is to play rugby league,” said Manly utility Lewis Brown.

“The police are looking after it. The club has asked people to come forward but I have a strong feeling no one in our side has anything to do with it.

“It is all just allegations. We are not here to comment on that. We are here to comment about Sunday’s game. If you want to keep talking about that I will happily walk away.

“But if you want to talk about Sunday’s game I will stay.”

Brown did hang around to talk about Sunday’s match at Brookvale Oval against his former club Penrith.

He previously revealed coach Trent Barrett addressed the Manly playing group in regard to the match-fixing allegations.

“He hasn’t had to say much. We are a bunch of adults, we are here to play rugby league that is our focus, we are here to do our talking on the field,” Brown said.

Things are not too rosy on the field for Manly either, the club has managed just four wins from 12 games at the halfway point of the NRL season.

They face Penrith without stars Jamie Lyon, Daly Cherry-Evans, Steve Matai and Brenton Lawrence.

“At the moment it is not going too great but what a great opportunity for us to turn it around at Brookvale this Sunday,” said Brown.

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