Manly have denied breaching the NRL's salary cap after a report landed them at the centre of the game's latest scandal.
A Fairfax media report claimed that an unnamed former Sea Eagles player received a cash handout in a car park - an allegation denied by the club.
“The Manly Sea Eagles is suspected of breaching the salary cap via secret payments to at least one player in previous seasons, according to information gathered by NSW police and NRL officials,” read the report on www.smh.com.au.
The club says its immensely proud of its compliance which has been confirmed by the NRL over the past three years.
"There are in fact no allegations that the club has been the subject of (an NRL probe) in relation to any components of the NRL salary cap or lower-tier cap compliance," the club said in a statement. Read the full Manly Statement at the bottom of the page.
Meanwhile, NSW Police would only confirm its part of an ongoing investigation.
Sea Eagles Official Statement
"The Club doesn't answer or respond to unsubstantiated rumours but is fiercely protective of its reputation in the sporting and business world.
"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 mid-year Salary Cap audit completed by the NRL in record time and without adjustment.
"The Club remains the benchmark in relation to both Salary Cap & Playing Roster Management at all levels across the NRL, something we remain immensely proud of. This leading compliance position has been confirmed by the NRL over the past 3 years being the tenure of the current salary cap management team of the Club."
More to come.