Manly winger Akuila Uate looks set to depart the club at season’s end, after the Sea Eagles told their star winger to start looking around at other options.
Uate has played all nine games for Trent Barrett this season, but given the Sea Eagles’ incoming salary cap squeeze, it seems as though Uate’s Manly career is over.
The Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday night that Uate had been given a tour of Penrith’s facilities during the week, as the Panthers currently lead the race for the 30-year-old.
Originally, Barrett had confirmed Uate’s future at the Sea Eagles to the winger, although with the club now needing to be $350,000 under the salary cap for the next two seasons, Uate’s future is now up in the air.
Penrith’s pursuit of Uate may mean the Panthers are resigned to losing winger Josh Mansour, who is also out of contract at season’s end.
While the Panthers certainly want to keep Mansour, Penrith General Manager Phil Gould knows the club may not be able to match offers for Mansour.
The Sea Eagles currently have a number of off-contract players at the end of the season, although the Sunday Telegraph believe only forward Shaun Lane has been offered a new deal.
Manly are currently in 14th position on the NRL ladder, with just two wins from nine games.
Only the Titans and Knights have given up more points this season than the Sea Eagles.