Manly’s star brothers Jake and Tom Trbojevic have each re-signed with the Sea Eagles for a further six years.
Despite multimillion-dollar offers from rival NRL clubs, the Australian representatives and local juniors will remain on the northern beaches until the end of 2026.
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“Jake and Tom will continue their journey in becoming part of the Manly folklore when we speak about great Manly players,” Manly coach Des Hasler said.
“I’m going to tell you the truth about these two blokes, because I can tell you categorically that they can be real pains in the arse.
“What more can be said? Six-year contracts? I might not be alive in six years. I think in all seriousness they are really great people and a credit to their family.”
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Jake (25) and Tom (23) have collectively played 208 matches for the Sea Eagles, and are destined to play plenty more after today’s deal.
Manly placed sixth on the 2019 NRL ladder after claiming 14 wins in the calendar year.
But the pair admittedsaid they never really considered going anywhere else.
The brothers intend to be one-club players and they took a significant step towards achieving that goal on Friday when they recommitted to the Sea Eagles.
By that time Australian representative lock Jake will be 31-year-old and NSW State of Origin back Tom will be 29, meaning they would have spent the prime of their careers at Brookvale.
“That was part of it ... to be a one club player is really exciting and I guess this contract will take me into my 30s and it’ll be close to the end,” Jake Trbojevic said.
The siblings had been linked to Canterbury, who were reportedly preparing a $10 million, four-year package for the duo.
Despite generating big money interest, the pair never wavered in their loyalty to the Sea Eagles.
The Sea Eagles placed sixth in the 2019 NRL ladder.Source:Getty Images
“It was obviously going through the media about other offers but it didn’t really cross our minds,” admitted.
“We still had another year here and we never really looked elsewhere. We’ll just enjoy playing under Des and in the Manly colours.”
Coach Des Hasler was instrumental in the negotiations and confirmed the pair were not signed on a package deal.
He also defended the length of the deals, citing their representative achievements and value to the Manly community as a reasonfor the lengthy extensions.
“It was pretty easy to work out the length of the stay,” Hasler said. “Being a one club player is a rare feat these days. They get that opportunity which is great for them, and great for the club.”
Re-signing the club’s favourite sons is a hugecoup for the Sea Eagles, who finished the 2019 season in sixth place but were knocked out of the finals in the second week.
With the Trbojevic duo locked in, Manly’s premiership expectations will skyrocket leading into the 2020 season.
— with AAP