The NRL’s most powerful official, Sydney Roosters boss Nick Politis, is secretly trying to sign Manly Sea Eagles’ disgruntled Stewart brothers, Brett and Glenn, for 2013.
Politis rang their agents Mike Newton and George Mimis from Europe on Tuesday following my revelations last week that both are free to quit Brookvale.
Brett’s contract expires at the end of next season and Glenn has a get-out clause because of an incredible administration bungle with his deal. I am told that even though Glenn, this year’s Clive Churchill medal winner, has signed for another three years, a certain clause has not been met by the Sea Eagles.
If tested legally, there is a strong view he could walk out the door right now. Politis is aware of the situation, as are the St George Illawarra Dragons, another club poised to make a move for the brothers because they are originally from Wollongong.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are the other club in contention because of their respect and friendship with super coach Des Hasler. Brett has a particularly strong bond with Hasler, who nursed him through 18 months of hell.
Still, of all the clubs chasing the pair, the Roosters would have to be firm favourites. It’s widely considered that what Nick Politis wants, Nick Politis normally gets.