Ex-Manly player Jackson Hastings has copped a sent off and a two match ban for a high shot which landed him in hot water over the weekend.
The 22-year-old layed on the high shot in his English Super League Super 8’s team Salford’s 28-16 win over Toronto, and now faces two weeks on the sidelines.
The former Manly playmaker has been the key to Salford’s Super 8 qualifiers success, after helping them win their last four games to see them sit on top of the ladder.
The Super 8 qualifiers are contested between the Super League’s bottom four teams and the second tier top four teams as they play for positions in next seasons top competition.
Although, the Red Devils coach Ian Watson isn’t too happy with Hastings’ shot.
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It leaves Salford without the playmaker for two of their last three games as they try to avoid relegation.
In contrast to being out-of-favour with NRL teams, Hastings is in high demand as he looks to continue his UK stay.
Hastings’ performances for Salford, whose contract with the club expires at the end of these qualifiers, has attracted interest of many Super League clubs.
Salford will have to hold off the likes of Wigan, Hull FC and Leeds in order to retain Hastings signature.
The playmaker made his move to the UK after the infamous hotel room clash and falling out with ex-teammate Daly Cherry-Evans which saw Hastings be dropped to Manly’s reserve grade team.
Speaking on Sky Sports UK, Hastings has no intentions of making a return to the NRL after being fully embraced by Salford and the Super League fans.
“At this stage, it’s more than likely I’m going to be here,” Hastings said.
“There’s nothing telling me I’ve got to rush home.
“I’m 22. I’m still trying to find myself. And some of the blokes we’ve got here are bringing the best out of me.”