Manly have moved to shore up the future of the NRL club by re-signing young guns Tom and Jake Trbojevic and Clinton Gutherson to the end of 2017, with boom Gold Coast playmaker Kane Elgey set to join them.
A buoyant Manly announced a one-year extension of the Trbojevic brothers’ contracts on Tuesday at the club’s Narrabeen training base, while Gutherson was awarded a new two-year deal.
But the news is set to get even better for Manly fans with the Sea Eagles set to sign Elgey, considered the NRL’s hottest up-and-coming playmaker, to a two-year deal as soon as this week.
The acquisition of Elgey would be a major coup for the last-placed Sea Eagles after representative halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran pledged their futures elsewhere for 2016.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey said the retention of the Trbojevic boys was a vote of confidence in the future of the club.
His comments about former Australian schoolboys representative and NYC player of the year Elgey will do nothing to douse speculation he is set to move to Brookvale.
“We are in the market for quality players and his name has come up, but I’m not going to speculate on that at the moment,” Toovey said when asked about Elgey.
“He is a good player, he has been going very well over the past couple of weeks with the Gold Coast.
“We are in the market for players such as him.”
Jake Trbojevic and Gutherson have represented the Australian Schoolboys while Tom Trbojevic has played for NSW Under-18s.
Jake has become a mainstay of the Manly side this year after missing all of 2014 with injury.
After making his NRL debut earlier this year Tom is due back in three weeks from an ankle injury.
Gutherson made his NRL debut with Manly in 2013, but has been ruled out of the rest of 2015 with a knee injury.