They have been joined at the hip for their entire careers but Manly 's Stewart brothers - Brett and Glenn - are facing the unedifying prospect of being pulled apart due to the Sea Eagles ' perilous salary cap situation.
While Brett signed a long-term deal with Manly late last year, The Australian understands the club is all but resigned to losing older brother Glenn at the end of next season.
Glenn's potential exit would have huge effects on this year's grand finalists. Not only is he one of the game's best backrowers, he has played a key role in forming the culture that has become the envy of Manly's rivals.
He would be among the most coveted players on the open market, making Manly's job all the more difficult. Former teammate Tony Williams signed a deal with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs said to be worth more than $500,000 a season.
Using that as a guide, Stewart's next deal could be worth upwards of $600,000 a season. Money, however, won't be the only issue, particularly given his close relationship with Brett and his teammates, notably Kieran Foran and Anthony Watmough