As a result of Manly Sea Eagles’ salary cap issues which have seen the club hit with a penalty of a restricted salary cap, one which will leave the club in a position where the maximum they can pay is set to be $330,000 less than other NRL cluubs for the next two seasons. Furthermore, they have been hit with a $750,000 fine. As a result, players are likely to be departing from the club and Darcy Lussick is set to be one of the first ones.
The 28 year old prop is reportedly set to be granted a release from his Sea Eagles contract with rumours circulating that he is set to move to the UK to take up a chance to play in Super League. It is highly likely that two of the teams vying for the signature of a player with over 100 NRL appearances under his belt are Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC, both of whom have recently seen front rowers leave the club. The West Yorkshiremen have seen the vastly experienced Keith Galloway retire due to persistent injury troubles while the Airlie Birds allowed Liam Watts to move to Super League rivals Castleford. As a result, both teams are probably looking for an experienced new recruit and, following Lussick being made available, may well be seriously looking into the possibility.
Leeds’ supremo Gary Hetherington confirmed on Galloway’s departure that the club “are actively looking to replace him as a senior player in our squad,” also empahasising that it must be the right fit for the Rhinos. Lee Radford also revealed that the funds are there to be spent – following Watts’ shock departure – and it may well be that Lussick is the man that both clubs are looking at.