Manly’s godfather Ken Arthurson says they only need to do what he asks.
Stewart wants a four-year deal and yesterday he reminded Manly fans of just how important he is, scoring a try and setting up two more in his 150th NRL game.
But the Sea Eagles are thought to prefer a three-year deal, which could force Stewart to head overseas on a rich rugby union deal.
Arthurson said Stewart is Manly’s finest fullback since the great Graham Eadie.
Toovey was reluctant to comment after yesterday’s 52-14 win against the Roosters.
“I don’t want to talk about that,” Toovey said. “We are doing our best to retain Brett. That’s all I can say.”
Pressed on whether Stewart wanted to remain, Toovey said: “I am sure he does.”