Anthony Watmough
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Anthony Watmough slams Eels speculation

RUGBY LEAGUE: One-club forward Anthony Watmough has used social media outlets to bag untimely reports he is angling to get out of the final year of his contract with Manly to take a three-year deal with Parramatta now coached by former Sea Eagle's assistant Brad Arthur.

Manly coach Geoff Toovey probably wouldn't know how to prepare his side without some player contract drama.

Watmough, who is contracted for 2015, is the latest player rumoured to be looking to jump ship in protest at veteran forward Glenn Stewart being squeezed out by the club's salary cap.

Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, five-eighth Kieran Foran, centre Steve Matai and fullback Brett Stewart have all be mentioned as players looking for new clubs after Manly's board failed to make Stewart, who will turn out for South Sydney next year, a new deal next season, ending his 185-game career at Brookvale Oval..

Stewart, 31, Who'll become a rare 300-game one club player for Manly next season, used Twitter and Instagram to strongly refute reports he had inked a deal with the Eels from 2016 and was seeking an early released to take up Parramatta's offer from next season.

"The story in the SMH online is completely wrong," he tweeted to his 10,000 followers.

"Another beat-up about me crying over Glenn (Glenn) and Daly (Cherry-Evans). Let me set it straight it has nothing to do with them or the club, people change move on."

Manly co-captain Jamie Lyon was caught by surprise when asked about Watmough's rumoured departure.

"That's first I have heard of it," he said as his injury-hit side prepared to play South Sydney at the weekend.

"I hope it's not true. He's a local junior and it would be good it he finished his career here."

Souths have built up a lot of emotion behind departing Englishman Sam Burgess and veteran winger Lote Tuqiri who want to leave with a premiership.

"Sam's had an amazing year and Lote has been a wonderful player for the club so obviously we will be ripping for those guys and because we all want to win the premiership," said captain John Sutton with Souths looking for their first grand final win since 1971.



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