TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Manly coach Trent Barrett looks on at the post match media conference at the end of during the round three NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Manly coach Trent Barrett was unable to confirm where his future lies following reports that he will walk from the club at the end of the season.

Barrett addressed the media on Thursday morning after the Sea Eagles were coy in their response to reports that he had quit the club.

The 40-year old refuted claims that he had resigned as head coach and was unable to elaborate on the situation for legal reasons.

Asked if he had quit the club, Barrett replied: “No. Just for legal reasons I can’t answer those questions today. I’d certainly like to be able to, that time will come but it’s not going to be today.”

Barrett said he was hopeful that the club could provide further details on Thursday afternoon or Friday, but it was not his place to comment.

“Lyall’s probably the one to answer these questions for you but out of respect to the club I don’t want to sit here and say too much today, and I have been told by the club that with the legalities around it all that I won’t be commenting about it today, no.

“When the dust settles and we sort things out at our end and the club’s end I’ll be able to talk and so will the club.

“I’ve got a game to prepare for tomorrow as well and the guys are in there and they’re ready to train. I understand the frustrations and the fans certainly wouldn’t be the only ones frustrated.”

Despite the whirlwind of speculation, Barrett added that his main focus is on closing out the season strongly.

“I’ve loved every minute of the coaching. I’ve loved every minute of what we’re paid to do, and that’s the coaching. The players in there, I’m really lucky to have a really good squad. Our last month of footy or our last six weeks of footy has been really good, and this is a job I want to do for a really long time.

“It’s a delicate situation I suppose. I do want to be a head coach for a long time, and that’s something I’ll consider or worry about when we clear a few things up here.

“The biggest thing for me is we win football games and that’s my main focus.”


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