NRL information 2023 | Manly Sea Eagles signal Josh Schuster on 3 12 months extension price $2.4 million, Luke Brooks deal

By Ben Glover and Alyssa Bone

Josh Schuster has signed a monster deal tying him to Manly till the tip of the 2027 season, with the membership doubling down on a brand new imaginative and prescient for the longer term after luring Luke Brooks to the northern seashores.

The Sea Eagles on Monday afternoon introduced the maligned Wests Tigers halfback could be becoming a member of the membership subsequent season on a four-year deal and now the membership has proven religion in Schuster regardless of clear query marks about his future.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the 22-year-old’s three-year extension is price $2.4 million, that means the younger gun is poised to earn about $3.2 million over the subsequent 4 seasons at Manly.

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With Brooks to take over at five-eighth subsequent season, it seems that Schuster has accepted a change in position, with the polarising playmaker to be shifted again to the forwards, greater than seemingly the left edge he occupied with combined success when Kieran Foran was partnering Daly Cherry-Evans within the halves in 2021 and 2022.

Talking on 9’s On 100% Footy on Monday evening, 9 reporter Michael Chammas revealed Manly coach Anthony Seibold had met with Schuster and his household to stipulate his plan for the Sea Eagles star to return to the second row.

“Final 12 months he hadn’t performed within the quantity six, now that they’ve seen him, the Sea Eagles aren’t satisfied he is a quantity six,” Chammas stated, earlier than throwing to Paul Gallen.

“I do not assume he is a good five-eighth, to be trustworthy with you… however from what I perceive he has stated to Manly ‘I will not keep at Manly if I do not play five-eighth’,” Gallen replied.

Whereas that was actually the case when Schuster was caught behind Foran within the playmaker pecking order, his resolution to signal on till 2027 regardless of the arrival of Brooks seems to point a change in coronary heart.

Talking on SEN’s Mornings with Matty White on Tuesday, Sydney Morning Herald chief sports activities author Andrew Webster questioned Schuster’s future as a half.

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“I keep in mind having this dialog with Phil Gould about Braith Anasta, he was adamant that Braith’s greatest place was at lock, however Braith at all times thought it was six… similar with Josh Schuster,” Webster stated.

“To me, he’s a pure 13. I do know he desires to play six, however he appears to be like like a pure lock.

“He’s a really gifted participant, we have now all seen that… It’s a formidable mixture with Cherry-Evans, Brooks, and Schuster on the sphere on the one time… that is rather a lot to love if I used to be a Manly supporter.”

Whereas Schuster could desire to play within the halves, his hand could have been pressured by the truth that the Sea Eagles had been keen to supply him a good-looking wage to play within the forwards.

In keeping with Chammas, there was no different membership keen to pay the identical type of cash primarily based on what they’ve up to now seen from the younger gun.

“I do not assume he’s going to get the cash he has been supplied (wherever else),” Chammas stated.

“He has been supplied a three-year extension at Manly for about $800,000…. The West Tigers do not even assume he is price half of that.

“Is anybody keen to pay him $800,000?”

In the meantime, Phil Gould advised 100% Footy he expects Daly-Cherry Evans to retire within the subsequent couple of years, making the Brooks signing an insurance coverage coverage for 2025 and past.

Cherry-Evans is 34 and can come off contract on the finish of the 2025 season, however Gould speculated he may retire on the finish of subsequent season.

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