NRL Rd 10  - Sea Eagles v Eels
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Cade Cust of the Sea Eagles is tackled by Brad Takairangi of the Eels during the round 10 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Lottoland on July 18, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Young Sea Eagles duo Cade Cust and Morgan Harper are reportedly placed on the radar of NRL rivals this season.

The pair are currently out-of-favour at Brookvale after failing to break into Des Hasler's 17-man side to face the Roosters, a game that saw Manly crumble in a 46-4 showing.

Harper has once again failed to make the Sea Eagles to take on South Sydney this weekend, while Cust has been promoted to the bench for Saturday's clash.

Cust had a day out in the NSW Cup last weekend, scoring three tries and handing off another three in Blacktown's win, sending a strong message to Hasler's selection strategy.

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A part of that strategy is looking to fill the void left by star fullback Tom Trbojevic, with Hasler opting to move centre Dylan Walker to the No.1 jumper instead of promoting Harper to his natural position.

Withy the promising pair already seen on the outside of Hasler's plans, WWOS' The Mole reports that NRL clubs are beginning to circle the duo.

With a limited amount of fullbacks on the market, Harper firms as a formidable option for rival clubs, while Cust could opt for more minutes elsewhere should he remain second-string to Lachlan Croker.


  1. Seriously, Harper has to be the fullback at Manly, not even sure Tommy Turbo can handle the rigours of fullback with dodgy hamstrings….did play his best footy for NSW at centre which might help preserve him….Walker has to go back to centre, this is complete sabotage!

  2. Surely the Karl Lawton rumours cant be true….Cust is a ready made answer to the hooker problems and may be the long term answer if Fainu fails with his court case…all he needs is opportunity

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