Posted: 22 April, 2014
Glenn Stewart will leave the Manly Sea Eagles and join the South Sydney Rabbitohs next season
Glenn Stewart has decided to quit the Manly Sea Eagles at the end of the season.
Stewart will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs after protracted talks with the Sea Eagles failed to deliver a deal. The Sydney club had significant room in their cap due to the departure of Sam Burgess.
The back-rower had been involved in almost eight months of negotiations but has eventually called time on his stint at Brookvale.
Since making his NRL debut in 2003, Stewart has played 184 games and scored 27 tries in more than 11 seasons for the Sea Eagles.
The 30-year-old has won two premierships with Manly and also claimed the Clive Churchill Medal in 2011.
“I’ve really enjoyed the times I’ve had at Manly over the past 12 seasons but circumstances at the club have led to me moving on at the end of this year,” Stewart said.
“I’m really excited about moving onto that next chapter of my career next year and I’m looking forward to the change, and the challenges, that will come with joining the Rabbitohs.”
“I’m glad to have this sorted out early in the season so that I can now concentrate on finishing off the job I need to do for Manly this year.”
Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire was rapt to have Stewart at his disposal from next season.
“Glenn is one of the lynchpins to the extended success the Sea Eagles have had over the past decade and he will bring a lot to our club,” Maguire said.
“Glenn has achieved a lot throughout his time in the game and the experience that he has at the highest levels on the biggest stage, as well as his leadership qualities, will be invaluable to the young players we have coming through in our squad.”
“He’s a tough player in attack and defense that can ball-play as well, and we’re looking forward to adding him to our squad during the next pre-season.”