Tony Williams
Manly under cap pressure

Williams spells Sea Eagles salary cap drama

His value may just have increased by $50,000 a year.

Manly’s Tony Williams yesterday became Australia’s latest Kangaroo – and selection may mean he is forced out of Brookvale.

With Manly already under salary cap pressure, Williams’ asking price jumped significantly at 11.45am yesterday when he was named in Australia’s 24-man touring squad.

Williams is officially off-contract – and could now command a deal worth about $250,000 a year.

There were suggestions last night that the Cronulla Sharks were poised to make Williams an offer.

Once an inconsistent first grader, Williams has become a dynamo and helped inspire Manly to Sunday’s grand-final win over the Warriors.

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Manly coach Des Hasler now faces the challenge of squeezing Williams in the club’s salary cap along with star forwards Anthony Watmough, Brent Kite, Glenn Stewart, Jason King and Matt Ballin.

The Sea Eagles will shortly announce that veteran Joe Galuvao has signed a new two year contract with the club.

Manly’s salary cap pressure will be eased with departures of Will Hopoate, Shane Rodney and Michael Robertson.

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