SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Tony Williams of the Sea Eagles makes a break during the round 18 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Brookvale Oval on July 8, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

A return to the Sea Eagles for former back-rower Tony Williams is on the cards as Manly are believed to be considering a low-ball offer to promote the 30-year-old for the 2020 season.

Currently contracted to Manly's feeder club Blacktown for 2019, the Sea Eagles are reportedly keen on locking in Williams with an NRL contract for next year.

Manly currently have little cap room remaining for next year, with a bargain-priced contract offer for Williams potentially satisfying both parties.

Williams and Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler have a decade-long relationship dating back to when Williams first joined Manly from Paramatta in 2009, amassing 73 games for the club.

Williams has played six games since his return to rugby after losing his contract with the Eels and was banned for 12 matches for failing a second drug test.

Williams has plied his trade as both a prop and back-row since returning through Blacktown, playing out the full 80 minutes in his last three outings.

Williams has only managed to play the six NRL matches since the end of 2016 after leaving Canterbury.


  1. He’ll be good for Manly. A lot of people are saying they are starting to like manly and I’m not sure if I’m ok with that. Trex should restore the standard.

  2. Trex has had some nasty injuries over the past few seasons, but if he can get back to a fitness level that would enable him to play first grade who would be a great asset for the Sea Eagles.

  3. I’ve watched him play in the lower grade. Hes actually hitting the ball up now instead of trying to throw cut out passes, sidestep, or chip and chase. Might still be a useful back up forward if price is right

  4. Manly has a good forward pack. If they keep Williams, it shows how few good forward prospects they have coming from junior grades.

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