SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles looks dejected after losing the round 24 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on August 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Sharks are closing in on recently released New Zealand Warrior Shaun Johnson, and Cronulla are also eyeing off his countryman Marty Taupau in another high-profile move.

Taupau is still in the Sea Eagles’ plans for the future, although the Sharks are reportedly waiting in the wings according to the Sydney Morning Herald,Β in the hope Manly grant him a release from the final two years of his contract.

The Kiwi is one of the most damaging big men in the competition, but if Manly were to release him, it would certainly help them ease their current salary cap squeeze.

Cronulla are also keeping tabs on Rabbitohs youngster Braidon Burns, as the club looks to replace the likes ofΒ Jesse Ramien, Edrick Lee and Ricky Leutele in the outside backs.

The Sharks are the clear frontrunners for Johnson after he asked to be released from his Warriors contract during the week, despite having a year to run on his current deal.

Johnson was told he wouldn’t be offered an extension over the summer, and the star halfback then decided to cut his contract short in favour of a move to Australia.


  1. Isn’t it refreshing now that every available player is linked to either Cronulla or Newcastle. Gives me more time to write about Soufths horrible off season and not waste my time on the Roosters salary cap attacks.πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜€πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€£, Life is so good now. I think I will have my afternoon nap before the afternoon gets here. And dream all about the “The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Rabbit Empire”πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ›Œ

  2. If manly don’t release him, he will be 1 p!ssed off unit and manly will have another player on their books that just don’t want to be there.
    It will free up some cash so they can buy more rejects. 🀣
    SJ AND Taupau at the sharks ??
    Trophy #2 ?

    • Oh & you know he is ‘one pissed off unit’ as you are privy to his personal life lolol……… you sure do seem to know a lot of things….NOT! You should concentrate more on that team full of superstars who struggle to make the 8 every year!

    • Panthers3 is actually mychookmycar.
      He is tormented by manly.
      At one time a sea eagle must have hurt one of his chickens.
      You still wake up sometimes, don’t you mychookmycar? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the chickens.
      Be brave mychookmycar.
      You will let me know when those chickens stop screaming, won’t you?

      • I’ll pay your imagination and creativity screamer

      • I’ll go further than that screamin , panthers3 is a girl, yep a girl, not that women don’t deserve an opinion, just pointing that out.

    • Sharks don’t need Marty Taupau, they’ve got enough forwards in the ranks of Fifita, Graham, Woods, Prior and youngsters coming through the system with Johnson on board to win trophy #2.

  3. Funny how the Sharks are being investigated for being over the salary cap 2015, 2017 2018 .. but not 2016 when they won the damn thing .. but now can afford 2 new 1 million dollar players .. what was Holmes on before he left 2 to 3 mill .. ??

  4. I’m cofiedent that taupau will stay at manly and will prevent all the media nonsense around him it will all blow over in 2019 so if I was a sharks fan I wouldn’t think to fast.

  5. Des taking over the coaching, particularly Donny Singe (kiwi Stenghth and conditioning Master) will make Marty want to stay. Marty never looked comfortable under the previous structure. Des will bring out the mongrel in him.

    • @eagleeye47
      Gee, we seem to get a new manly fan name on this site everyday, whats going on there ? Your fan base is shrinking so it cant be that.. maybe its because you talk such crap and lose all cred.. you need to start again ?
      As for the ‘master’ conditioner, yeah he did great job with eastwood and kasiano.

      • Actually if you want facts then research all NRL clubs & you will find that the Bulldogs had the ‘healthiest’ roster & minimal long term injuries since Don Singe took over in 2011……… for Kasiano he was playing better at the Bulldogs than at the Storm where he lost weight & was supposedly fitter!!

        • You’re wasting your time officer59 talking about facts of trying to use logic with this clown. Rick with the silent “P” (Panthers3) isn’t here for any other reason than to stir up trouble and now they have stirred up more than they can handle. Joking about the conditioning of Eastwood and Kasiano when they wouldn’t have the guts to look them in the eye much less say that to their face. They probably have a “keg” bigger than both which sits on top of their keyboard next to their can of Red Bull and packets of Twisties and Oreos!

    • @Panthers3
      Not new and haven’t changed my user name. Been here quite some time now. I usually read the comments on Rugby League rather than waste my time on petty personal insults although the balance is starting to skew of late. There is one fact that relates to us all. We are all passionate on what I consider the greatest game of all. As long as Todd Greenberg doesn’t let his all consuming ego get in the way. Who we support doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. I was born in Manly …Guess I’m stuck supporting a team that everybody hates. πŸ™‚

  6. IF this actually happens and isn’t just rumour and idle gossip and IF the Sharks can ACTUALLY fit BOTH Johnson and Taupau under their salary cap, it will make a MASSIVE difference to their chances in 2019 IMO. I am still no great fan of their coach but a sudden change of coach now without any clear reasonable alternative would derail their 2019 campaign irrespective of their new recruits.

    • Don’t get your knickers in a not Manly78. Just worry about your own over the cap cheating team and be content in life excepting the 2019 spoon as abadge of honour for nitwits like yourselfπŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜€πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ₯„πŸ₯„πŸ₯„πŸ₯„πŸ₯„πŸ₯„πŸ₯„πŸ₯„

      • Manly getting the spoon haha. You are more deluded than i thought you were. It will never happen my fine feathered friend

      • If a thorough audit were done on all teams…I think you would find all have manipulated the cap system and TPA to some degree. Either intentional or in error it is still cheating. I don’t think we will ever get to a pure salary cap scenario. Not with greedy player managers stoking the “your worth more…go to another club” fire.

        • “Not with greedy player managers stoking the β€œyour worth more…go to another club” fire.”

          BINGO! We have a winner. THAT is the real reason for all the greed and spiralling costs imposed on clubs to support unsustainable, exponential increases in players salaries. Player managers don’t give a damn about the game all they are interested in is their cut and their greed is contributing substantially to killing the game, or at the very least, undermining the financial stability of clubs that will end up with many going under.

  7. Just announced in WWOS Just saying’……..
    Des Hasler has put on his diplomat’s hat and may well have saved Manly in its bid to keep Kiwi international Marty Taupau.
    The fiery forward has been desperate to get out of Brookvale for the past year, but much has changed since Hasler took over at Manly a few short weeks ago.
    Hasler sat Taupau down one-on-one last week and showed the big fella some love – and word is it may have just done the trick.

    eagleeye47 December 1, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    Des taking over the coaching, particularly Donny Singe (kiwi Stenghth and conditioning Master) will make Marty want to stay. Marty never looked comfortable under the previous structure. Des will bring out the mongrel in him.

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