Des Hasler
Sticking with Manly

Des Hasler confirmed he would be in charge of Manly’s NRL premiership defence in 2012 as he etched his name in Sea Eagles folklore with a second title as coach.

Hasler quashed speculation he would walk away from the club to take up a big-money offer from Canterbury in 2012, but his future beyond next season remains in doubt as the Sea Eagles desperately attempt to scramble together a deal to keep him.

They may need to fork out even more now after Hasler matched his two premierships as a Manly player with a brace as coach in Sunday’s 24-10 grand final win over the Warriors.

“It’s purely speculative at the moment, I haven’t given it any thought to tell you the truth,” Hasler said.

“The only thing I’ve been concentrating on has been this moment, this grand final.

“I’m at Manly next year and now that this is over we’ll continue some discussions.”

Manly players on mass pledged their loyalty to Hasler, who has developed an innate ability to bring the playing group together in the face of adversity.