MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Akuila Uate of the Knights looks on during the round five NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park on April 2, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The Manly Sea Eagles today announce the release of utility forward Jamie Buhrer and the signing of the Knights, Fiji and Australian Representative winger Akuila Uate for two seasons.

Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett said the club was mindful of allowing Jamie Buhrer to continue his career at a new club for a longer period than was available to him at the Sea Eagles.

“Jamie Buhrer has been a terrific player for Manly in his 128 first grade games and this opportunity gives him a chance to extend his at a new club.

“We wish Jamie, his wife Grace and their children the very best at a new club and thank him for his dedication to Manly since joining the club in the junior representatives from Patrician Brothers Blacktown.

“The chance for Manly to pick up a quality winger who is just 28 of the calibre of Akuila Uate is exciting for the club. Sometimes players need a change of clubs and Akuila at his best is one of the most exciting players in the game. He is eager to make his mark at Manly and wants to put a strong summer training program behind him in preparation for the 2017 season,” Barrett said.

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