NRL 2022: Tom Trbojevic calls meeting with manager after Des Hasler is sacked by Manly Sea Eagles

Frustrated Manly star Tom Trbojevic has called an emergency meeting with his agent following the shock dismissal of coach Des Hasler.

Manly superstar Tom Trbojevic has scheduled an emergency meeting with his agent following the sudden departure of coach Des Hasler.

Trobjevic will have a Zoom meeting with his meeting with Paul Sutton on Friday as he becomes increasingly agitated over the situation unfolding at the Sea Eagles. Although the full-back is highly unlikely to want to leave the club, there is understandably growing anxiety over the direction of the club.

It comes just a day after Sutton told News Corp that Tom and his brother Jake felt the club was “imploding”.

Jake is in England as part of Australia’s World Cup squad. Tom only recently returned from a holiday in Europe to once again face his Sea Eagles in the headlines.


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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more explosive at Brookvale after Des Hasler was sacked.

Tom and Jake Trbojevic’s manager has revealed the champion brothers at Manly fear their club will ‘implode’ and how ‘internal conflict and rumblings’ have ‘weighed down’ on the footballing pair.

And a brutally honest Paul Sutton, of the SFX Sports Group, said the Trbojevic brothers were “disappointed with the behavior of the club”.

Jake is so upset that he even called Sutton to express his dismay from England, where he represents Australia at the World Cup.

Tom tells friends that he has heard several times that elements inside the club have spoken badly about him and think he is overpaid.

Manly strenuously denied this, but Tom is unstable.

“They feel the club they love is imploding before their eyes,” Sutton said. “They are really depressed by the place.

“If it continues, it’s exhausting and once the place becomes disreputable, what do you do? If it becomes untenable…

“Obviously you’d assume Tommy would be a sea eagle for life, but all the rumblings and internal strife affected him mentally.

“He told me of his disappointment with the behavior of the club. He expressed that he was unhappy – Jake and Tom were.

“Jake called me from England to express how unhappy he is with the club. It’s the same as with Tom, it’s taken a toll on him.

“All of that probably changed the narrative in terms of how they felt in the past.”

Sutton added: “We haven’t spoken to any other clubs.”

The Trbojevic brothers are local juniors who are adored by the club’s fan base.

The Manly Pride Jumper fiasco, the club’s gruesome end-of-season capitulation and now the saga that led to manager Des Hasler’s sacking have rocked and hurt Jake and Tom.

The brothers previously would never speak negatively of Manly.

Now that the pair are wide-eyed and mature, that position has changed.

Jake and Tom – who share the same management company as Hasler – are under contract at the club until the end of 2026.

Tom continues to hear outside suggestions that the club’s desire to keep him is diminishing.

“No one from the club told Tom personally, but he heard it several times,” a friend said. “He hears things, he’s not stupid and that’s not ideal.

“It would take a long time, but Tom would be leaving if that was the case. He has just returned from vacation and wishes he was still abroad.

He also feels saddened and disappointed with the treatment of Hasler, as he left Manly to be replaced by Anthony Seibold.

Hasler and the Trbojevic brothers share a close bond. Both have publicly supported their beleaguered coach.

Originally published as NRL 2022: Tom Trbojevic calls meeting with manager after Des Hasler is sacked by Manly Sea Eagles