Manly’s Trbojevic brothers have expressed their desire to remain one-club players.
Both Jake, 24, and younger brother Tom, 22, come out of contract in 2020 and the pair hope to remain in Sydney.
“I’ve sort of grown up in Manly. I can’t see myself anywhere else,” Jake told NRL.com on Monday.
However, in the same breath the elder Trbojevic acknowledged the reality of the current NRL climate.
“The way the game is now you just never know what’s around the corner, when you’re talking about salary caps and that sort of thing.
“I want to play alongside Tom throughout. But you have to keep an open mind – it’s just the nature of the game.
“It would be very hard to leave. So that’s why I’ll do all I can to stay here and play with Tom because I would love that.”
Coming through the Manly juniors just as Jake did, Tom mirrored his older brother’s desires.
“I hope it all works out in the end, when it happens. I definitely would love to play my whole career with him.
“It would be very hard to leave. So that’s why I’ll do all I can to stay here and play with Tom because I would love that.
“We do want to stay together – it would make it a lot easier for our parents.”
The Sea Eagles kick off their season away at Leichhardt Oval against the Wests Tigers, who finished with 12 wins and 12 losses in 2018.