It is reported that the courageous enforcer Martin Taupo demanded an immediate termination of the contract and a transfer to a rival club.
According to daily telegraph, The 32-year-old is set to sign with the Parramatta Eels with a deadline approaching August 1st.
Reports say the Eels have room for a salary cap to sign with Kiwi International and have until Monday to confirm any deal.
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Taupau does not currently have a contract for the 2023 season, but a mid-season move – valid until Aug. 1 – will likely extend his 14-season NRL career.
Brad Arthur’s Eels will lose a number of notable players in the 2023 season, including Marat Niukore, Isaiah Papalia, Ray Stone, Oregon Kaufusi and Reed Mahoney, who are all forwards.
Taupau’s signature will bolster Parramatta’s pack and add experience to an already impressive Eel front row of Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Junior Paulo.
The potential departure of the clunky props is another big blow to Des Hasler’s masculinity after a tumultuous week.
The Sea Eagles made headlines after seven players decided to retire because they refused to wear the club pride jersey with rainbow trim represent members of the LGBTQIA community.
Husler’s depleted team lost 20–10 to the Roosters on Thursday night, but Taupau put in an impressive performance, running 94 meters with four unloads and a tackle break.
However, the on-pitch performance took a backseat to all the drama that unfolded during the week and sparked fierce controversy among rugby league fans.
Asked after the match if Manly had teamed up after the pride saga, Hasler answered eloquently.
“Yes, and we have some work to do,” he told reporters, noting that the week was “emotional in many ways.”
“Honestly, we have some work to do.
“But as long as we all sympathize with each other’s cause, we will get our way.”
Asked if he meant “work” in football or something more, Hasler added: “Everything.”
There was speculation that a disagreement over the pride jersey could cause disharmony in the Manly dressing room, especially at such a crucial time of the season. Desperate to reach the final, Thursday’s 10-point defeat could come back to haunt the Sea Eagles, who are in the same spot outside the top eight – on par with Canberra and the Dragons, who have to play in these weekends.
Asked after the match about the changing nature of the sporting landscape and whether codes would promote more off-pitch messages in the future, Manly captain Daley Cherry-Evans warned NRL bosses and clubs about trying to “force” players to promote certain goals. .
“I would like to answer this. As a player, I think we need to be very careful about how much pressure we put on players to commercialize the game,” he said.
“If you look at the locker room as an NRL team, it’s very diverse and very inclusive, so I’m just wondering how much we as athletes have to do, I think, to get in there.
“Because we already have a lot of what we are trying to represent and what the club is trying to get you to represent. At some point, we have to understand that sport is quite inclusive. She’s not perfect and she has her limits, but I know from playing experience that she represents a lot of what we’re talking about tonight.
“But unfortunately when people are forced to do something they don’t want to do, then I think you see situations like tonight.”
Originally published as Manley has dealt another blow as star demands immediate release for mid-season transition