Manly captain Jamie Lyon’s future at the Sea Eagles has been guaranteed, but the NRL club has remained quiet on coach Geoff Toovey amid reports he will be sacked within the week.
Sea Eagles chief executive Joe Kelly issued a statement on Friday, responding to reports 33-year-old Lyon would be one of the players axed by Manly in a mass cleanout.
“Jamie Lyon’s position at our club has never been in question – he will be very much part of our team next season,” Kelly said.
The Manly boss stopped short of offering the same guarantee to 13 other players reportedly set to be dumped including Luke Burgess, Feleti Mateo, Willie Mason and Justin Horo.
Reports on Friday indicated Toovey will also be shown the door and replaced by the untried Trent Barrett, ending months of speculation about the under-fire coach’s position.
But the club ignored the Toovey speculation in their statement, dealing only with Lyon.
“The club is going through an extensive review of its playing roster which occurs every season,” he said.
“This is normal business practice across NRL clubs and is an evolving process.
“There are a number of players off contract at the end of the current season, and with any player who may be departing at season’s end, the club has been working through these discussions with each player’s manager.
“By having the discussions now, we have been giving the players every opportunity to secure their NRL future elsewhere.”