Lussick set to depart Sea Eagles nest
Manly Sea Eagles front rower Darcy Lussick could be on the move shortly following the club confirming he will not be offered a new deal for the 2019 Telstra Premiership season.
The 193cm prop is into the third season of a three-year deal with the Sea Eagles and has several offers in front of him.
Reports surfaced on ABC Grandstand on Saturday that the Super League was a possible destination for the 27-year-old forward as a lucrative deal had been tabled by an unnamed club.
Manly confirmed to NRL.com on Sunday that no release had been given to Lussick.
The club also stressed the Beacon Hills Bears junior was not leaving because of the salary cap issues that the NRL integrity unit has been examining.
But the club would not stand in his way if Lussick received a good offer.
A final report into alleged breaches, which Manly has responded to with its own version of events, is due to be released by the NRL on Monday.
The results of that report could affect whether Lussick takes any further part in the 2018 competition, or whether he moves on mid-season to another club.
This is Lussick's second stint at Manly. He played two seasons (2011-12) before three years with the Parramatta Eels. He then returned to the Sea Eagles in 2016.
He suffered a high ankle sprain in the opening set of Manly's trial against the Cronulla Sharks in February but has not made it back to the starting side as yet.
If Lussick did leave the club in the coming weeks, Manly still have depth with Lloyd Perrett, Shaun Lane and Taniela Paseka already backing up their regular starters, Kiwis internationals Martin Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake.