Lyon safe but Manly mum on Toovey

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MANLY cap­tain Jamie Lyon’s fu­ture at the Sea Ea­gles has been guar­an­teed, but the NRL club re­mains quiet on coach Ge­off Toovey amid re­ports he’ll be sacked within the week as part of a mass clean- out.

The Sea Ea­gles quickly moved to quash spec­u­la­tion Lyon would be tapped on the shoul­der this week, promis­ing the skip­per would be a part of their squad for 2016.

Lyon, 33, has one more year re­main­ing on his con­tract. “Jamie Lyon’s po­si­tion at our club has never been in ques­tion – he will be very much part of our team next sea­son,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Joe Kelly said in a state­ment.

But Kelly stopped short of of­fer­ing the same com­mit­ment to other play­ers re­port­edly set to be dumped in the sum­mer, in­clud­ing Luke Burgess, Feleti Ma­teo, Wil­lie Ma­son and Justin Horo.

It’s un­der­stood vet­eran hooker Matt Ballin has also been shown the door, de­spite sign­ing a two- year ex­ten­sion with the club in April.

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