Not even Des Hasler’s premiership ring can soften the heartache of missing out on a grand-final spot last month for the Manly Sea Eagles tearaway young prop Darcy Lussick.
Lussick is being hounded by up to eight clubs in the NRL and his old-school manager Wayne Beavis hasn’t been this busy since he managed another former Manly junior by the name of Steve Menzies.
Lussick played seven games off the bench in the 2011 campaign and shot into the headlines with a fiery display in the controversial round-25 game against Melbourne at Brookvale Oval when teammate Glenn Stewart was sent off along with Storm Kiwi firebrand Adam Blair.
Re-signing the Beacon Hill Bears junior now represents a massive hurdle for coach Geoff Toovey.
Lussick has said nothing but is privately fuming over missing a grand-final spot in the 17-man squad.
In the dressing room after the grand final, Hasler sought out Lussick and gave him the premiership ring off his finger.
It was a noble gesture but it might not be enough to keep the giant 23-year-old at Brookvale beyond the end of next season.