Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are arguably going through their most tumultuous period.
Ever since the price jersey situation, there have been reports of a rift in the locker room, questions over whether Daly Cherry-Evans would remain captain and speculation over Des Hasler’s future as coach of the first-grade team.
Both Tom and Jake Trbojevoc haven’t been able to escape this drama either with reports surfacing that the brothers have a clause in their respective contracts that would allow them to leave the Sea Eagles if Des Hasler was to part ways with the club which have since been denied.
However, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Chammas is now reporting that Tom Trbojevic is growing frustrated with the power brokers at the Sea Eagles as they are questioning his value to the club.
“The Herald has been told that word has gotten back to the Trbojevic camp that some inside the Sea Eagles are questioning their value to the organisation, in particular Tom,” said Chammas.
“If those views were expressed publicly it would risk providing the brothers with the ammunition to request a release.
— SMH Sport (@SMHsport) October 11, 2022
“The Herald spoke to Tom on Tuesday.
“Out of respect for the club he decided against commenting on the situation unfolding, but admitted he was losing patience.”
Manly’s decision to re-evaluate Trbojevic’s value to the club is certainly risky and has now caused their star to become disenfranchised.
It also sets a dangerous precedent as players who are already not happy at the Sea Eagles could be led to believe that their job is not secure at the club and further push them towards requesting a release.
The reason for Manly’s re-evaluation of Trbojevic’s worth is likely the fact that his career has been riddled with injury including in 2022 when he sustained a shoulder injury in May that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Early odds for 2023 have the Sea Eagles missing out on finals football again but realistically if the turmoil at the club does not cease soon then they will be battling to avoid the bottom four or even the wooden spoon.