Nate Myles of the Sea Eagles is tackled by in a game against the Cowboys.
Nate Myles of the Sea Eagles is tackled by in a game against the Cowboys. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Sea Eagles big men reportedly on the move

MANLY'S big men are on the move once again with dumped Queensland stalwart Nate Myles offloaded to Melbourne and fellow veteran Brenton Lawrence also likely to follow him out of the club.

Just a day after Kevin Walters brought the curtain down on Myles' 32-game Origin career; it is understood the 31-year-old will now link with the Storm before the June 30 deadline.

Signed on a three-year Sea Eagles deal reportedly worth $500,000 a season in 2015, it's understood Myles has told Manly teammates he is moving south after coach Trent Barrett gave his blessing.

And with Jordan McLean's fractured cheekbone the latest in a long list of front-row casualties this season, Craig Bellamy first identified Myles as a possible mid-season solution over a month ago when an ACL rupture against the Dragons ended Christian Welch's campaign.

Bellamy's reputation for getting the best out of players who have struggled elsewhere was a key selling point in luring the Queenslander to what will be his fifth club in a 230-game, 13-year career, while his wife Tessa's family is also based in Melbourne.

The Storm's search for quality props has now netted them both Myles and Bulldogs behemoth Sam Kasiano for next season.

Kasiano's three-year-deal is worth close to $2 million but it's understood the club still has cash left over with the departures of McLean, Tohu Harris and Kevin Proctor all freeing up their salary cap.

Manly's own prop rotation is unlikely to feature fellow veteran Lawrence in 2018 and the 32-year-old exploring his options elsewhere.

It's understood the Wests Tigers are considering making an offer.

 

Manly forward Brenton Lawrence heads for the tryline as Cowboys defence tries to hold him back.
Manly forward Brenton Lawrence heads for the tryline as Cowboys defence tries to hold him back. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Th Knights were also offered his services, however Lawrence is chasing a two-year-deal which has put them off.

A Super League swansong looms as the most likely option for the popular club man, who has enjoyed a strong return to form in Manly's 2017 revival after a couple of injury-plagued seasons.

A 2018 stay may yet be negotiated, but the Sea Eagles won't stand in Lawrence's way should he choose to leave given the service he's provided since joining the club five year years ago, when he emerged as one of the buys of the season en route to their 2013 grand final appearance.

Manly's latest round of prop shuffling continues the theme of the past 12 months, and will see it enter the market for reinforcements before the season is out.

Already in 2017 Myles, Marty Taupau, Darcy Lussick and Lloyd Perrett have all been sidelined at various points through injury and suspension, leaving Barrett light on up front.

In the last year Manly has turned over forwards Liam Knight (Roosters), Siosaia Vave (Eels), Josh Starling (Knights), Luke Burgess, Willie Mason (both Catalans) and Feleti Mateo, while adding Shaun Lane, Lloyd Perrett and Curtis Sironen.

News Corp Australia


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