A Canadian theatre critic has sent the NRL world into chaos on Friday, claiming to have received a contract between Wests Tigers forward Martin Taupau and Manly in an email mix-up.
James Kelleher Nestruck, who goes by the name of J.Kelly Nestruck, bears the same first initial and surname of Manly chief executive Joe Kelly on his email address.
Nestruck claims the documents were sent to him in error by a British legal professional.
The emails allegedly show confirmation of Taupau’s release from the Tigers, where he was signed until the end of 2016, and the confirmation of a four-year contract at Manly.
Taupau had been linked to the Sea Eagles, with Manly looking to add another forward to their pack alongside Nate Myles, Lewis Brown, Darcy Lussick and Matt Parcell who they have already signed for next season.
The Tigers are also known to be attempting to fix their dire salary cap situation, following on from the attempted release of Robbie Farah in August.
The 25-year-old Taupau is in the UK touring with the New Zealand side who face England in Hull on Sunday.