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Next Game: The Season has finished
Thompson leaves Dragons for Manly in NRL
22 Dec 2017
Back-rower Joel Thompson has been released from the final year of his NRL contract with St George Illawarra and signed a two-year deal with Manly.

Manly have signalled they won't be hog-tied by their NRL salary cap saga, signing classy back-rower Joel Thompson.

St George Illawarra on Friday released Thompson from the final year of his contract to take up a two-year deal with the Sea Eagles.

It represents the Sea Eagles' first major signing since being accused of salary cap rorting by the NRL.

Manly are fighting allegations they broke third party rules to bolster players' salaries and face the prospect of a heavy fine as well as operating with a reduced cap next year.

They have been accused of making financial promises to players outside the salary cap and, if proven, the club will have the value of those deals saddled onto their salary cap for next year.

The club has been granted until January to respond to the NRL's claims.

It was believed the proposed salary cap penalty was set to roadblock their hopes of signing a replacement for five-eighth Blake Green and being active in the marketplace during the off-season.

However, Thompson's signing flies in the face of that.

An NRL spokesman said the governing body had not yet received a copy of Thompson's contract so it had not been approved.

"It is up to Manly to be salary cap compliant when the competition begins next year," the spokesman said.

The Sea Eagles could yet be forced to offload players if they incur a salary cap penalty next year.

After missing out on Matt Moylan and Mitchell Pearce, Thompson's signing is a feather in the cap of coach Trent Barrett and his staff.

"Joel is a player I have admired for a long time. I coached him in the (NSW) Country team a couple of years ago," Barrett said.

"Not only is Joel a terrific bloke and a terrific leader but he is extremely competitive and very tough. He is a professional.

"Joel has played plenty of first-grade and his experience is something I thought our squad needed.

"Not only will the team benefit from it but also a lot of our young individuals will benefit too from having someone like Joel around."

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Last Game: The Eagles lost against the Cronulla Sharks 16 - 40 at Toyota Park, Australia (5372 days ago)  game results here
 Manly Eagles Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 11 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 52 
 Total Goals: 53 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 603 
 Total Points Against: 750 
 Leagues the Manly Eagles are in
2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Albert Torrens, Ben McDougall, Brad Kelly, Brendon Reeves, Danny Lima, David Westley, Grant Wooden, Jamie Goddard, Jason Ferris, Jason King, John Hopoate, John Malu, Lenny Beckett, Mark Shipway, Nathan Long, Nik Kosef, Robert Miles, Sam Murphy, Shayne Dunley, Steve Menzies, Tasesa Lavea, Wade Forrester,

 Players in 2001
Adam Muir, Andrew King, Ben Walker, Brett Kimmorely, Christian Hill, Geoff Toovey, Greg Ebrill, Jay Bandy, Joel Penny, Josh Stuart, Karl Lovell, Lee Murphy, Mark O'Meley, Paul Stringer, Phil Bailey, Scott Asimus, Scott McLean, Scott Pethybridge, Stephen Trindall, Steve Carew, Steve Carter, Tony Jensen, Willie Leyshon, Wyane Evans,

 Players in 2000
Adam Hayden, Andrew Frew, Brett Grogan, Damien Driscoll, Daniel Gartner, Jason Taylor, Michael Buettner, Nigel Roy, Owen Cunningham,
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Last Results

Saturday, 10 May, 2003
Sharks 40
Eagles 16


Saturday, 3 May, 2003
Penrith 30
Eagles 29


Sunday, 27 Apr, 2003
Eagles 28
South Sydney 20


Sunday, 20 Apr, 2003
Eagles 20
Melbourne 14


Sunday, 13 Apr, 2003
Eagles 38
St George 12


Sunday, 6 Apr, 2003
Wests Tigers 38
Eagles 12


Saturday, 29 Mar, 2003
Warriors 20
Eagles 16


Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 30
Eagles 20


Sunday, 8 Sep, 2002
Penrith 68
Eagles 28


Sunday, 1 Sep, 2002
Eagles 18
Warriors 16


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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