The Manly Sea Eagles are a club in crisis. Des Hasler could be sacked as early as tonight amid news that superstar five-eighth Kieran Foran is the next Sea Eagle poised to defect to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will target Foran for 2013 – the same season current Canterbury five-eighth Kris Keating comes off contract.
And it can also be revealed that Foran’s family want him to play his entire career under Hasler. Foran has a get-out clause at Manly should Hasler leave but intends to remain at Brookvale next season before deciding his long-term future.
But it’s understood that the board could end Hasler’s contract at a meeting tonight.
Hasler and incoming coach Geoff Toovey are thought to have fallen out over Foran’s possible move to the Bulldogs.
Already the Bulldogs have held top-level internal discussions about Foran. With additional money through the NRL broadcasting deal in 2013, Canterbury will spend $1.8 million on him.
It’s the latest blow to the premiers, who have already lost several staff members, including scouting director Noel Cleal.
In more bad news for the club yesterday rising forward Darcy Lussick has been linked to several clubs, including the Parramatta Eels.