NRL Sea Eagles: Manly to shed players to keep Snake ?
26 Nov 12 @ 09:30am by James Hooper
George Rose could line up for another NRL club in 2013.
CULT heroes George Rose and David Williams could be forced out of the club because the Sea Eagles are in breach of next year's $5 million salary cap by $300,000.
Figures need to balanced immediately so the NRL can register Brett Stewart's new four year deal.
Salary cap auditor Ian Schubert travelled to the club's Narrabeen headquarters last week as part of an on-going audit as Manly try to resolve a raft of back-ended contracts.
Despite shedding a host of players, including NSW Origin forward Tony Williams and Darcy Lussick, Dean Whare, Michael Oldfield and Daniel Harrison, the 2011 premiers are still over the limit.
In terms of new recruits, the Sea Eagles have signed Richie Fa'aoso from the Melbourne Storm on a two-year deal and Brenton Lawrence from the Gold Coast on a three-year contract.
Manly chief operating officer David Perry met with Schubert last week to thrash out strategies on how the Sea Eagles can register Stewart's new contract.
The Sea Eagles had planned to move Brent Kite to Wests Tigers before coach Tim Sheens was sacked and the deal collapsed.
The club has also discussed shifting cult-figure prop George Rose, injury-prone winger David Williams and forward Vic Mauro in a bid to resolve the problem.
Mauro is on the cusp of moving to the English Super League.
If the Sea Eagles can move Mauro and Rose, the NRL is expected to rubber-stamp Stewart's new deal.