Manly have begun negotiating to re-sign coach Des Hasler until the end of the 2014 season, which would stretch his term in charge of the first-grade side to 11 years.
There have been fears Hasler could be lost to the club at the end of this season because of a get-out clause in his contract. He signed until the end of next year, but has an option to finish up at the end of this year if he triggers this by June 30.
Manly’s management did not want to risk that happening, and in the wake of intense speculation about potential coaching moves within the NRL at the end this season they approached Hasler offering to strike a new deal now.
Hasler turned the Sea Eagles around after taking over in 2004. They have become a regular finals team under him and won the premiership in 2008, beating Melbourne in the grand final. Despite injury and suspension issues early this season, they have won five of their first seven games.
The former Manly halfback and representative player would become a potential target for other clubs if he became available, a possibility Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn said yesterday he would prefer to eliminate as soon as possible.