Sport Michael Ennis says it would be a "massive" call for Manly to cut ties with Jackson Hastings given club's salary cap situation

03:06  17 april  2018
03:06  17 april  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Jackson Hastings won't play at Manly again: Reports

  Jackson Hastings won't play at Manly again: Reports Jackson Hastings is seriously on the outer at the Manly Sea Eagles, with the playing group reportedly having told coach Trent Barrett they will not play with the young half.The 22-year-old was not selected to face the Wests Tigers on the weekend, with the official reason being that he had suffered an Achilles injury.

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Commentator Michael Ennis says the Manly Sea Eagles would be making a “massive call” to part ways with utility Jackson Hastings given the club’s salary cap situation.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Sea Eagles players have said to coach Trent Barrett that they won’t take the field with Hastings and that Manly are keen to cut ties with him effective immediately.

The development comes after Hastings was reportedly involved in an altercation with captain Daly Cherry-Evans at training last week before they were thumped 38-12 by Wests Tigers.

Report: Hastings involved in multiple incidents

  Report: Hastings involved in multiple incidents Troubled Manly half-back Jackson Hastings has reportedly been involved in more than one fight with his Manly teammates, according to a Nine News report.Jackson Hastings has reportedly been involved in a second altercation with his Manly teammates.

Following the defeat, Cherry-Evans played down the incident as nothing more than a “lovers’ tiff”.

Jackson Hastings was reportedly involved in an altercation with captain Daly Cherry-Evans at training last week. © Jason McCawley/Getty Images Jackson Hastings was reportedly involved in an altercation with captain Daly Cherry-Evans at training last week. Ennis told Fox League programme Big League Wrap that it would be a brave move for the Sea Eagles to sever ties with Hastings, given that they would be unable to replace him because of the dire state of the club’s salary cap, and with the likelihood that dummy half Apisai Koroisau will be missing during the Origin period.

“And it’s a massive call from Manly because of the salary cap situation, that they can’t go to the market. They can’t go and buy someone else,” Ennis said.

“And the issue now, with Koroisau in the talk to play Origin as well, that it’s a big call from the players because… 26 weeks, you need depth…”

Hastings drama was ticking time bomb

  Hastings drama was ticking time bomb Manly coach Trent Barrett has fronted the media over the Jackson Hastings affair, confirming he has been dropped to reserve grade due to issues with teammates.Barrett took it upon himself to call a snap press conference before Sea Eagles training on Wednesday, taking full ownership over the decision to relegate the 22-year-old back to feeder club Blacktown.

Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk believes there has to be more to the situation than meets the eye.

“Something must have happened that we don’t know about because he seems to be someone that would fill (halfback), five-eighth, hooker, play a bit of lock if required for 15-20 minutes,” Cronk added.

“… With their issues with the salary cap, it’s a big call.

“It’s a big call for Cherry-Evans and the leadership group to do that if that’s true, and it’s also a big call for Jackson Hastings going forward.”

Hastings played his junior football with the Dragons before linking with the Roosters, with whom he made his NRL debut in 2014.

The 22-year-old ended his stint with the tricolours in 2016, playing 34 games for the club, before joining Manly last season.

Manly Sea Eagles players stand by Jackson Hastings .
Will he make it back to first grade in 2018?Channel Nine reported several Manly players have sent messages of support to the troubled youngster including the likes of Martin Taupau, Jorge Taufua and Joel Thompson.

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