The Manly Sea Eagles are poised to re-sign Tony Williams for a further two seasons as the warring board tries to stabilise after the shock of coach Des Hasler signing with rival club the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Williams’ management was initially pushing the Sea Eagles to offer the new Test back-rower a one-year contract, leaving the door ajar to follow Hasler to Canterbury in 2013.
But Sea Eagles powerbrokers intervened to ensure Williams remained at Narrabeen for the next two seasons, with the club expected to announce a new deal as early as tomorrow.
“I want to stay at Manly, I love the club and they’ve been good to me so hopefully something can get sorted out,” Williams said.
“There are offers. There are other clubs who we’ve been talking to, but, for me, Manly is the place where I really want to be.
“I’m in a good place. I’m not worried about it, it will get sorted when it gets sorted.
“For now, I’m just worried about coming into camp with the Kangaroos and concentrating on this.”
The Sea Eagles initially shelled out $750,000 to lure Williams from Parramatta on a three-year contract in 2009 when he had played just 11 NRL games.
But until this season, the Eels junior struggled to consistently make an impact.
Manly chief operating officer David Perry said the impending announcement of Williams’ signature was a welcome positive in what has been a turbulent two weeks since the club claimed the NRL title.
“Tony has agreed to a two-year contract and we’re really excited about it. It’s good news for the club,” Perry said.
“There’s been some significant changes over the last couple of weeks and we’re keen to focus back on some good news.
“On the back of a premiership, Tony Williams re-signing is huge positive.”