Club boss says players open to wearing jumper next year: NRL
Club boss says players open to wearing jumper next year: NRL

Club boss says players open to wearing jumper next year: NRL

Manly Sea Eagles owner Scott Penn has revealed that the club’s seven proud boycotters want to wear the rainbow jersey next year.

Penn held peace talks with players in Narrabeen, in Sydney’s north, on Tuesday to find out why the footballers refused to wear the jersey.

The club boss said they were “frustrated” they were not consulted earlier on the decision to use LGBTQI+ insignia on the team’s shirts.

“The players were upset because they felt the way it was portrayed was against their religious beliefs,” Penn said. 9 News.

When asked if Manly’s pride shirt would be permanently on the map for future matches, Penn replied: “No. A lot of it is about inclusion’.

“We want to continue this theme,” he said.

“The message they were very clear about was to work together.”

Manly Sea Eagles owner Scott Penn (pictured) has revealed the seven shirt boycotters are open to wearing the shirt next year.

Penn said there was no doubt about the players’ futures at the club and that “no one is pointing fingers at anyone”.

The club boss also said players were welcome to meet men’s legend Ian Roberts – the first rugby league player to come out as gay in 1995.

“The players I’ve just met are keen to talk to him and get his message across and hear from him as well,” he said.

The development comes after the players were banned from Thursday’s NRL match against the Sydney Roosters at 4 Pines Park after meeting with NSW Police and Sea Eagles identities on Wednesday.

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Northern Beaches Police Co-ordinator Sergeant Damon Flakelar spoke to coach Des Hasler, interim CEO Gary Wolman and Manly head of operations and events Shelley O’Malley. The club trio decided it was best for the players to stay away to ensure their safety.

Both the Sea Eagles and the police believed that if the players saw their teammates in person at Brookvale Oval, concerns could rise in the crowd.

They had planned to watch the action from a gym in the newly opened Center of Excellence – but that idea was scrapped.

Also, the traditional center line hoe was not considered safe enough.

Manly’s seven proud jersey boycotters have been banned from Thursday’s NRL match against the Sydney Roosters at 4 Pines Park, including Josh Schuster (pictured)

The seven stars – including Josh Aloiai (pictured) – are believed to have planned to support their team-mates at Manly’s home ground before being cautioned on the advice of NSW Police.

“For the safety and welfare of the players, the club has decided it is best not to attend the game,” Wolman told News Corp.

One of the NRL stars is also believed to have been threatened on social media.

Hasler and Sea Eagles general manager of football John Bonasera contacted the players on Wednesday afternoon to tell them to stay at home on Thursday.

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All seven NRL stars are believed to have wanted to take part in the match but accepted the club’s decision.

Earlier this week, Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolu Koula and Toafofoa Sipley were ruled out of the Sea Eagles’ clash with the Sydney Roosters.

All of the players felt that the rainbow band that their teammates would wear on their pride shirts did not reflect their religious and cultural beliefs.

Concerns for player welfare were first raised when coach Des Hasler and skipper Daly Cherry-Evans apologized to the media on Tuesday afternoon for the pride shirt fiasco.

Coach Des Hasler and Sea Eagles general manager of football John Bonasera contacted the players on Wednesday afternoon to tell them to stay at home on Thursday.

Manly supporters are advised to support their new-look team at 4 Pines Park on Thursday

Cherry-Evans said his seven teammates didn’t worry him when asked if he checked their mental health amid concerns they would be labeled bigots.

It has also emerged that some of the lower-ranked players who have been asked to replace the seven boycotters have refused to wear the inclusive strip and will not play in the clash, which will greatly affect Manly’s chances of reaching the the last eight

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Both teams are level on points with Manly ninth and the Roosters eighth as they bid for a finals place with just six rounds remaining in the regular season.

Hasler promised in the press conference that the team would do “something special” but it would have to be a miracle if they were to beat a fired-up Roosters side.

Club CEO Gary Wolman and owner/president Scott Penn — who are expected to fly in from New York and attend the game at 4 Pines Park — were absent from one of the most sensational press conferences in club history on Tuesday the club.

It was also revealed that actors Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth knew about the shirt long before the players knew about it.

Actor Hugh Jackman (pictured) received his new Manly pride shirt two weeks ago and proudly posed for a picture

Manly had been talking about a pride shirt for a while and one of the sponsors first approached the club with the idea over a year ago.

Jackman, a Sea Eagles tragic, received a pride shirt two weeks ago, which he proudly donned for a photo shoot to promote Thursday night’s blockbuster.

Jackman posed for the photo as a favor to his great friend, Sydney radio star Gus Worland, to promote the inaugural Gotcha4Life Cup, the Australian reported.

The cup, played between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters, is what the jerseys are made for.