Sea Eagles officials were after a young prop given their ageing roster and Starling had been targeted to bolster their forward ranks after the retirement of Joe Galuvao and Brent Kite’s decision to link with the Penrith Panthers next year.
Starling confirmed the move via social media website Instagram saying he was very happy with his choice but assured Souths fans he was committed to the Rabbitohs for remainder of the 2013. Neither club has officially announced the move yet.
Rabbitohs utility Nathan Peats was quick to congratulate his team-mate on the move.
Congrats to one of my best mates @Starlo33 for signing with Manly for the next 3 seasons. He is a great talent and hope to see him do well