Manly Sea Eagles stars Tom and Jake Trbojevic are staying put. Picture: AAP
Manly Sea Eagles stars Tom and Jake Trbojevic are staying put. Picture: AAP

Trbojevic opens up on Manly saga

TOM Trbojevic has admitted the ongoing coaching saga at Manly has been hard to watch but the drama will not force him out the door in the near future.

Ahead of this weekend's Test match against New Zealand, the Australian winger vowed to see out the final two years of his contract with the Sea Eagles, despite growing uncertainty over who will coach the club in 2019.

It was revealed last week that former South Sydney mentor Michael Maguire had knocked back an offer to take over from Trent Barrett at Manly and Trbojevic said it was difficult to see the Sea Eagles struggle in their search for a coach.

But, as he flew out of Brisbane on Tuesday morning to head to New Zealand for the two-Test tour, Trbojevic said it did not change his view on whether or not Manly was the right place for him.

"I have two years left there, so I will definitely be serving them out," the 22-year-old said.

Tom Trbojevic admits the Manly coaching saga has been tough to watch. PIcture: Getty Images
Tom Trbojevic admits the Manly coaching saga has been tough to watch. PIcture: Getty Images

"It is hard (to watch). I haven't thought about it too much. As of right now my focus is on playing for Australia against the Kiwis this weekend ... but it is hard.

"You want to have the best people in the job to help you be successful.

"I'll get through these games and we'll look at it after that to see what we can do to become a successful football club again."

Trbojevic, who is expected to take the field this Saturday alongside his brother Jake and Manly teammate Daly Cherry-Evans, said the hardest thing for him this year was not the off-field distractions, but where the team finished on the ladder.

Manly placed 15th with 17 losses.

He said those efforts on the field are what has contributed to the off-field saga.

Tom Trbojevic (centre) gets past Jake Trbojevic (left) and David Klemmer (right) during a Kangaroos training session in Brisbane. Picture: AAP
Tom Trbojevic (centre) gets past Jake Trbojevic (left) and David Klemmer (right) during a Kangaroos training session in Brisbane. Picture: AAP

"The hard thing for me and our footy team is we haven't won footy games," he said.

"If we won some more games and didn't come 15th, I don't think the dramas would be as they are right now. That's been the hard thing.

"A lot of has come of it, we didn't have a good year, it's not black and white. I'm not too sure what's going to happen now but we'll have to wait and see and hopefully we'll have a good year next year."