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Gildart to Roosters, Will Kennedy injured, Manly urges fans not to mock seven boycott players




Oliver Gildart is a season-ending pick for the Sydney Roosters as they look to add depth from the backline as they push for the final.

The British and English center is loaned until the end of the season by the Wests Tigers, where he was in disgrace. He played in the NSW Cup for the Wests Magpies and was rumored to return to the Super League for a short stint but finds himself instead.

He sits last in the top 30 on the Roosters roster and will provide an option for Trent Robinson behind incumbents Joey Manu and Paul Momirovski.

Sharks lose Will Kennedy to ankle injury

Cronulla is counting his losses following Saturday’s thrilling Golden Point win over South Sydney after it was announced full-back Will Kennedy will miss up to six weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.

Kennedy played the full match but went under the knife on Monday and now faces a race against time to make the first week of the finals. The Sharks give him an outside chance in their last game of the regular season against Newcastle.

His place will likely be taken by Australian Sevens convert Lachie Miller, who had a stunning Gold Coast debut in June and was in fine form for the Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup.

Manly chief asks fans not to boo the Sea Eagles Seven

Manly chairman Scott Penn is urging fans not to disrespect the seven players who boycotted Thursday’s game upon their return against the Eels at Brookvale.

Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley, who missed the game for religious and cultural reasons following the club’s decision to wear an inclusive jersey promoting LGBTQIA+ community, are all set to star in Friday’s critical clash with Parramatta.

The chairman and owner of Manly will be around the football club this week, while new chief executive Tony Mestrov has now started and will meet all the players.

“The thing is, they should take it easy on them,” Penn told AAP, while adding that he wasn’t too concerned about a potential backlash.

“A week is a long time in football. We just have to win, it’s as simple as that.

Jason Saab celebrates a try with his teammates. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Penn also dismissed suggestions that if Manly misses the final coach Des Hasler’s future would be in jeopardy as he has a clause in his contract that triggers an automatic extension to 2024 if they make the playoffs. .

“The reality is he’ll be there as long as he wants and the team is performing well,” Penn said.

“Technically, there’s just an automatic performance-based extension for the following year.

“But he’s under contract, period, that’s the main thing. It’s just that the club has rights if the performance is not there.

“He’s absolutely there next year. We’ll take care (with the years after) of the offseason. That’s not a problem.

Hasler will face one of his biggest tests this week trying to unite Manly’s squad after all seven players refused to play in the inclusion shirt.

Friday’s game against Parramatta is shaping up to be a must-win, given Manly are one game behind ninth-placed Canberra, who have an easier homecoming.

The Sea Eagles are auctioning the jerseys worn Thursday against the Roosters for the Gotcha4Life charity and rookie forward Zac Fulton is leading the way with a max bid of over $2,500 for his first jersey.

Fulton drew nearly double second-highest Daly Cherry-Evans and also batted an all-team signed jersey that took the field against the Roosters.

Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles watches

Martin Taupau (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Taupau & Verrills on the move?

Parramatta still holds out hope of brokering a deal with Manly to take Martin Taupau off their books for the rest of the season.

The Eels are set to offer the veteran free agent a contract for next year while the Sea Eagles are reluctant to re-sign him beyond the end of this season.

The deadline for any transfer this season is 5 p.m.

Roosters hooker Sam Verrills could travel to the Gold Coast next year following the club’s signing of Brandon Smith.

The Titans are desperate for a creative prostitute to bolster their spine after using Erin Clark and Aaron Booth as models with limited success this season.

Manly veteran Kieran Foran heads to the Titans in 2023, so coach Justin Holbrook will have a lot more experience in his spine if he survives the club’s dreaded end-of-season review.

Melbourne acquired winger David Nofoaluma from the Wests Tigers last week and he is expected to line up for their AAMI Park fight with the Titans on Friday.




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