MANLY have almost certainly cost themselves the chance at signing Trent Hodkinson or Todd Carney after revelations of salary cap rorting.
The NRL have issued the Sea Eagles a breach notice after concluding its investigation into potential breaches of the salary cap over the last five years.
The Daily Telegraph understands the Sea Eagles' salary cap breaches are very similar, albeit on a smaller scale, to the Parramatta Eels' situation of 2016 where the club has become involved in organising third-party payments.
It's believed the Sea Eagles are in breach by up to $400,000, which, as part of its punishment, the NRL will put on to next year's salary cap.
That means the Sea Eagles, who released halfback Blake Green to the New Zealand Warriors and missed out on signing Mitchell Pearce, will not have enough money in their salary cap to chase a replacement No.7.
The Sea Eagles face a hefty fine, although it's believed they may be spared a points deduction.
In a release issued this afternoon, the NRL said they would give the Sea Eagles five days to respond "but given the seriousness of the allegations, the NRL would consider a request for an extension of time".
Show cause notices have also been issued to two current Manly officials, requiring them to demonstrate why their registrations should not be cancelled.
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