After signing younger brother, Ben, Manly’s chances of signing the rest of the Trbojevic clan (Tom and Jake) on a $2 million a season package is looking more likely, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Ben, 17, has recently signed a two-year deal that will keep him at Brookvale until the end of 2021.
He has been elevated into the under-20 Jersey Flegg side for the remainder of the season.
This will no doubt be a major factor for Tom and Jake and whether or not they re-sign long-term with the Sea Eagles.
The three brothers have had strong desires to play one day together. Their age differences have prevented them from fielding a park together throughout the junior leagues.
However, if all goes to plan, given that Tom and Jake remain in the NRL (which is expected) and their younger brother, Ben, continues to develop, then that dream may come true.
In all its 72-year history, Manly has never had three brothers play together in the first grade.
The 1980s saw the Blake brothers, Phil and Michael, play together as well as the Stewart’s (Glenn and Brett), Lussick’s (Darcy and Joey) and Foran’s (Kieran and Liam) in the following years – but never a trio of brothers.
Tom (22) and Jake (25) both come out of contract after next season but rival clubs can lodge formal offers from November 1 this year.
Communications between Tom and Jake’s agent, Paul Sutton of SFX management, has begun, but offers are yet to be submitted.
Rival clubs believe that Tom is worth marginally over a $1 million per season and Jake is a touch under. The expectation would be that the deals would span over four years.
It is unlikely that the brothers will leave Manly given their status on Sydney’s northern beaches on and off the field.
However, both Parramatta and Canterbury have been scouted as rival clubs that could be interested in the Trbojevic’s services.
Ben was part of the losing grand final side in Manly’s SG ball prior to being elevated to the under-20s side. He also played in the under-18s curtain-raiser to the first State of Origin match in Brisbane for NSW.
Just last week, Jake said of Ben: “Ben is only young and still has a lot to learn and has a long way to go.
“He played in the SG Ball team this year and they lost the grand final and he has just started playing under-20s.
“He has only played the last couple of weeks. It is a good experience for him. He is only 17.”
Ben will face Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, as his older brothers will play against Gold Coast at Cbus Stadium that same day.
In the most recent State of Origin match, both Tom and Jake were exceptional in their output as Jake was awarded the man-of-the-match and Tom scored three tries, heavily contributing to the demolition handed to Queensland (38-6).