Manly’s talented young player, Josh Schuster, has made a selfless financial decision by accepting a pay cut to remain with the Sea Eagles. In a press release, Manly confirmed that Schuster had signed a three-year extension, extending his contract until 2027. Both Schuster and Sea Eagles coach Anthony Seibold emphasized that this decision reflected Schuster’s dedication to the club.
Schuster, who is only 22 years old, was already contracted to Manly until 2024 with a salary of $800,000 per year. “Josh has shown his commitment to playing his best football in a Sea Eagles jersey by signing a long-term contract with our club for less money than he could have earned elsewhere and less than his current contract,” Seibold stated. “I believe this demonstrates his commitment to his teammates and the club. We are excited to develop Josh and help him become a consistent and high-performing NRL player.”
It is likely that doubts about Schuster’s fitness and professionalism influenced Manly’s decision to present the news in this manner. Criticism of Schuster’s dedication to the sport has arisen due to his inconsistent form, which was partly due to injuries. Additionally, his weight has been a topic of discussion since he joined Manly’s NRL roster from their pathways academy.
Schuster explained his decision, saying, “I know there will always be speculation about players’ salaries, but the fact is that I am staying here for less money than what was offered to me elsewhere and less than my current deal, which was set to end in 2024.” He continued, “The reason for this is that I want to be part of a successful Manly team in the future, and I believe in what ‘Seibs’ is trying to achieve at the club. He has an innovative approach and a clear vision for building a team that goes beyond individual players. I see this as a great opportunity to learn from role models like Daly Cherry-Evans, and Jake and Tom Trbojevic.”
Despite the club’s recent acquisition of Luke Brooks from the Wests Tigers, Schuster decided to re-sign with Manly. Schuster had previously expressed his desire to play as a five-eighth, and his push for this position was partly behind Kieran Foran’s move from Manly to the Gold Coast Titans. However, Seibold plans to pair Brooks with captain Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves next season, with Schuster being utilized in the second row.
Schuster will play his 45th NRL game when the Sea Eagles face the Roosters at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon. Stay updated with the latest breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports by subscribing to our newsletter. Additionally, check out The Mole’s round 17 team of the week, which suggests a potential bench addition, Scott Drinkwater, for the Blues.
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