The poor handling of the issue between Daly Cherry-Evans and Jackson Hastings by the Manly Sea Eagles leaves a lot to be desired.
The way that Hastings has been publicly hung out to dry by the club and relegated to their feeder club would seem to suggest that Hastings was the main protagonist in the whole affair, but from all reports he has been subjected to a number of practical jokes which he hasn’t taken well to.
For the coach Trent Barrett to then come out in a press conference and say that Hastings won’t be playing first grade again this season was a big call and many would suggest harsh and unwarranted.
So it’s alright for Manly to fine their captain Cherry-Evans $10,000 for the part that he played, but he wasn’t suspended. Hastings has effectively been suspended for 18 matches. It wreaks of double standards with the higher profile player seemingly receiving preferential treatment.
The ironic thing here though is that Lachlan Croker suffered a serious injury last week in their loss to Newcastle and you would have thought that Trent Barrett would have swallowed his pride and brought Hastings straight back in to the team, but as predicted by a number of rugby league experts he was named in the Manly squad, but not the starting team.
When Manly signed Hastings they must have been aware of his issues so it doesn’t say much for the Culture of the Manly Sea Eagles that Trent Barrett has allowed his players to belittle and ridicule Hastings and not put a stop to it.
If what has been reported is True and a number of players have come out in support of Hastings then it makes it even harder to comprehend why Hastings has been made the Scapegoat?
It would appear that recent events have affected the Team Harmony and Morale so unless the players can galvanise and unite Manly’s record losing streak of eight Matches may be in Jeopardy.