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Manly have dropped a finals bombshell by including Tony Williams in their 21-man squad for Saturday night's elimination final against Cronulla.

The Sea Eagles requested an exemption for the NRL to pick Williams from outside their top 30 when they named their team on Tuesday.

Manly have been decimated by injury and have also lost prop Marty Taupau to suspension after his high tackle on Parramatta’s Ray Stone last Friday night.

Williams has played 10 games for Blacktown Workers in the Canterbury Cup NSW this year but hasn’t played in the NRL since round eight last season for the Parramatta Eels.

It appeared his career was over after suffering yet another ACL injury for the Eels, however Hasler is on the verge of offering the 30-year-old a lifeline for Saturday night’s elimination final at Lottoland.

Hasler has a close affiliation with Williams, having brought him to Manly in 2009, before taking him to the Bulldogs in 2013.

Williams has played just six games in the NRL over the past three years, including one game for the Sharks back in 2017.