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.