Brett Stewart

Manly Sea Eagles chief executive David Perry has rubbished reports that star players Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough and Steve Matai want out, before claiming there was an agenda to destabilise the competition leaders.

Perry defended the club on Sydney radio station 2KY yesterday amid further speculation that disgruntled players were poised to front the club’s next board meeting to air their grievances.

Perry flatly denied that Stewart and Watmough had asked for releases either formally or informally, and said Matai had accepted the club’s decision to knock back his request to leave next year to take up a lucrative deal with the Warriors.

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The rumours of player unrest have been circulating strongly ever since the club failed to make an offer to retain long-serving backrower Glenn Stewart, who eventually signed a deal to join South Sydney from next season.

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