Manly Sea Eagles reaction to influence of agent Isaac Moses, Anthony Seibold, Luke Brooks, James Hooper column

The Manly Sea Eagles Sea Eagles have issued a bizarre media release in relation to player agents as the club goes into damage control about the increasing influence of controversial rugby league player agent Isaac Moses on the northern beaches.

Confused? Don’t worry so were the rest of us.

In the spin bowling department this Sea Eagles play is almost as good as the ball of the century the late, great Shane Warne bamboozled Mike Gatting with at Old Trafford back in 1993.

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While the Manly PR machine went to great lengths to point out how Moses only has five players out of 39 currently contracted players at the Sea Eagles – as is often the case the devil lies in the detail.

The facts are Sea Eagles coach Anthony Seibold is managed by Isaac Moses. Moses also negotiated the deals for Seibold’s assistant coaches Shane Flanagan and Jim Dymock to land on the northern beaches.

Moses also did the deal for Manly’s new head of recruitment Peter Gentle – one of rugby league’s genuine good guys.

These are the real numbers the rest of the rugby league world is all over – not the Sea Eagles leg spin designed to middle stump everyone.

Anthony Seibold, Isaac Moses and Luke Brooks.Source: FOX SPORTS

When Seibold initially signed at the Manly in November last year, the Sea Eagles only had one Moses client on their books in Ethan Bullemor.

Yet in the nine months since out of the eight players the Sea Eagles have signed – six have been Moses clients.

Aaron Woods, Matt Lodge, Ben Condon, Cooper Johns, Luke Brooks and Tommy Talau have all joined or are set to join Manly since Seibold’s arrival.

Seibold has apparently cracked it after the history of Moses’s involvement at a host of NRL clubs was unpacked on Triple M’s Sunday Sin Bin over the weekend.

The Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors, Wests Tigers and Parramatta were used as examples of clubs where Moses has previously been able to gain huge influence over the roster.

The Broncos got the club’s first-ever wooden spoon under the tutelage of Seibold in 2020 with a host of Moses clients on the Red Hill club’s roster.

So while Manly attempt to smother Moses ever-increasing influence at the Sea Eagles, the truth is the numbers don’t lie.

The Sea Eagles have listed Moses’s Cove agency as ranking fifth on the table of player agents the club is currently working with.

Mario Tartak’s Crown Sports International ranks first along with Daniel O’Louglin’s Wasserman, both with seven players at the Sea Eagles.

Next up is Pacific Sports Management (Chris and Gavin Orr) with six.

Then there’s SFX Sports Group (Paul Sutton, Pete Menicou and George Mimis) and Moses’s Cove Agency with five.

Again, the devil lies in the detail.

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By the time Luke Brooks and Tommy Talau arrive at the end of the season Moses will jump to the gold medal position with seven players.

Tartak is also in the process of moving the Fainu brothers Latu and Samuela – meaning Crown Sports International will drop to third position with five players.

Once you start to unpack all the ins and outs there’s a very clear pattern that’s emerged on the northern beaches since Seibold was signed as Manly coach.

Oh – and another thing – every NRL club has a top 30 list of players, not 39.

Manly have conveniently included six development players and three train and trial players to the Sea Eagles list for reasons unknown.

Why the Sea Eagles felt it necessary to put out a media release about this is anyone’s guess.

Talk about jumping at shadows. Here’s a thought. Maybe focus on winning some games and trying to make a late run at playing finals.

This was the Manly Sea Eagles media release:

“Manly Warringah Sea Eagles has tabled the list of player management agencies the Club is working with in 2023.

“It shows the Sea Eagles have 10 player management agencies representing 39 contracted players, a list that includes all NRL, Development, and Train and Trial players.

“To avoid any misconception, the breakdown is as follows.”

Crown Sports International – Mario Tartak – 7

Wasserman – Daniel O’Loughlin – 7

Pacific Sports Management – Chris Orr, Gavin Orr, Simon Healey – 6

SFX Sports Group – Paul Sutton, Peter Menicou, George Mimis – 5

Cove Agency – Isaac Moses – 5

Sports Player Management – Tyran Smith -3

Titan Sports Management – David Riolo – 3

Ignite Sports – Joe Wehbe – 1

Apex Sports Agency – David Rawlings – 1

Gillis Schifcofske Sports Management – Steve Gillis – 1

Let’s cut through the BS. By November of this year Moses will have more clients than any other agent at Manly with seven in the club’s top 30.

Plus the coach, plus one of the assistant coaches, plus the head of recruitment, plus probably another assistant coach.

They can spin it all they like but Manly can’t manipulate those numbers.

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