The Manly Sea Eagles have responded to rumours by denying the club has had discussions with Cronulla forward Sam Tagataese.

It had been reported yesterday that the Sea Eagles were looking to bolster their pack for 2018 and were targeting Tagataese.

Manly released a statement confirming the club has held no talks with Tagataese or his manager.

The club also expressed surprise, citing that they had no idea where the story had come from.

Read the statement below:

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have held no discussions whatsoever with Cronulla forward Sam Tagatese as incorrectly reported in the media today.

Manly are completely mystified as to the source of the story. No media outlet contacted the Sea Eagles to check on the club's position concerning the Sharks utility.

If they had they would have been advised that no discussions with either the player or his manager have taken place.

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