Brent Kite has called on Manly’s management to make an early decision on Glenn Stewart’s future amid fears the ongoing contract saga could distract the Sea Eagles' senior players.
Kite can relate to Stewart’s plight after he was shown the door at Manly at the end of last season following nine years at the club. He is likely to be followed out of Brookvale by Stewart, who is increasingly likely to leave Manly.
Kite, who signed a two-year deal with Penrith last March, said Stewart would want an answer soon if he has to call time on his career at Manly at the end of this season.
“I’m not exactly sure where Glenn is at but I at least knew where I stood early,” Kite said. “I was able to go out and get a contract at Penrith early on in the piece. It gave me time to adjust to the move and get my head around it. I felt like I was able to have a good year still last year.
“Whichever way it goes for Glenn, I’m hoping they can give him clarity on what looks like happening. I think he deserves that. If they can’t keep him – you’d like to think they could – but it would be good for him to get an idea of where his future lies.”
Kite and Stewart were among several core players who led the Sea Eagles to four grand-final appearances in seven years. Eight players still remain from the team’s record breaking 40-0 victory against Melbourne in 2008, while the Storm have just two players, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, still at the club from that match.
By contrast to the Sea Eagles, St George Illawarra have retained four players from their 2010 premiership-winning side. Kite said Stewart’s uncertainty would impact on his former club.
“The young blokes might write their own era and it might be equally as good – but I doubt it,” Kite said. “We had guys leave in the past; obviously I’m one of them. It’ll have an effect. There are still enough of the old guys there – that sort of core group.
“It’s just a matter of how many start leaving and at what sort of rate which will determine how long they keep that nucleus together. They’ve always had to lose one or two and my number was up last year. I think it’s sad more than anything because I’ve been apart of it and it means that little era is coming to an end.”
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