BY CURTIS WOODWARD
Channel 7 is reporting that former player Nate Myles and star centre Dylan Walker are at the centre of Manly-Warringah’s salary cap issues that are set to be investigated by the NRL.
Myles and Walker are still owed third party money from the Sea Eagles.
A Fairfax Media report suggests NSW Police and the NRL have enough evidence to investigate Manly and a number of other clubs who are yet to be named.
The NRL released a statement confirming the news.
“The NRL Integrity Unit will investigate allegations raised today relating to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
“A spokesman stressed that, at this stage, the NRL is not in possession of evidence of any violations which would warrant any disciplinary action.”
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) July 5, 2017
It followed a statement from the Sea Eagles denying any wrongdoing.
“The club doesn’t answer or respond to unsubstantiated rumours but is fiercely protective of its reputation in the sporting and business world,” it read.
“There are in fact no allegations that the club has been the subject of in relation to any components of the NRL salary cap or lower tier cap compliance.
“Quite the contrary we recently had our 2017 midyear salary cap audit completed by the NRL in record time and without adjustment.”
But News Corp took it further on Thursday saying police were preparing to investigate spot fixing, money laundering and illegal third-party payments at several teams.
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 5, 2017
There is also the possibility players bet on themselves in matches and passed on inside information to gamblers.
Sea Eagles players just last year distanced themselves from gambling identity Eddie Hayson who was a regular at Brookvale Oval and was known to frequent pubs in the local area with Manly players.
Hayson was at the centre of match-fixing allegations in 2016 which came to nothing.
His friendship with former Sea Eagle Kieran Foran has also come under scrutiny.
There is no suggestion Hayson or Foran have any involvement in these allegations.