Manly coach Anthony Seibold has revealed the club is not able to add 2018 Dally M Medal winner Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to its roster following the loss of superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic.

While Seibold said Tuivasa-Sheck was available to be signed when speaking to reporters on Friday, he ended the prospect of the former Warriors captain joining the Sea Eagles for the rest of this season during Saturday night’s post-match press conference.

Tuivasa-Sheck is set for a return to the Warriors on a three-year deal from 2024, but the Sea Eagles faithful were hopeful of the gun fullback being swept up by Manly on a short-term contract after Trbojevic suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in State of Origin II.

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Under a recently introduced NRL rule, players who are injured in representative games and rubbed out for the season can be replaced by their club by a like-for-like player, even if the squad of 30 is full and there’s no room in the salary cap.

Speaking after a 24-6 defeat to the Storm in Melbourne, Seibold said the Sea Eagles would continue to explore their options.

“We’ll have a think about that. It’s all happened pretty quick. We’ve been away for the last couple of days,” Seibold said.

“I think there’s an opportunity tomorrow (and on Monday) to get with the management and have a look at what we do there, but certainly, we’ve got the capacity to bring in a replacement player, and it’s a like-for-like type of player.

“So if we do go to the market for a replacement it’ll be an outside back that we’re looking for there.”

When quizzed on whether Tuivasa-Sheck was a chance to join Manly, Seibold said: “He’s not available”.

Tuivasa is contracted with New Zealand Rugby for the remainder of 2023 and has a contract with Auckland Rugby for this year’s National Provincial Competition, beginning in August and wrapping up in October.

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But even before Trbojevic suffered his season-ending injury, there was talk of Tuivasa-Sheck returning to the NRL before his botched stint in the 15-a-side game was supposed to end.

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He wasn’t selected in Ian Foster’s 33-man All Blacks squad for this year’s World Cup, nor was he among those picked by Auckland Blues coach Leon MacDonald at the pointy end of the Super Rugby Pacific season.

Reuben Garrick took Trbojevic’s spot at fullback for Manly’s clash with Melbourne on Saturday night.

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Tom Trbojevic has been ruled out of the Sea Eagles‘ clash against the Titans after failing a fitness test.

Late in Manly game’s against the Tigers on Sunday, the injury-plagued Trbojevic limped from the field at Campbelltown Sports Stadium with what appeared to be a groin injury.

Scans later revealed the adductor injury.

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In a statement, the club said the decision was part of a “conservative approach” to Trbojevic’s recovery.

“Trbojevic underwent a final fitness test at training this morning but the club decided to take a conservative approach to ensure the brilliant fullback is back next week to take on the Brisbane Broncos in Magic Round,” the statement read.

Kaeo Weekes will instead line up at fullback.

Trbojevic has spent much of the past three years fighting hamstring injuries, but managed to win the 2021 Dally M Medal, despite missing the first five matches.

In January, he flew to the USA to work with reconditioning guru Bill Knowles on his troublesome hamstrings.

The Sea Eagles sit third on the ladder with 11 points – three behind the Broncos. Their round nine opponents, the Titans, are 10th.

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The Penrith Panthers piled on the pain during their commanding 42-12 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at BlueBet Stadium.

Fullback Dylan Edwards starred for the Panthers, scoring the first hat-trick of his career in the first half, before adding a fourth try for good measure.

Penrith’s first half effort – five converted tries and a penalty goal – was the highest first half score conceded by the Sea Eagles in the State of Origin era dating back to 1980.

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Speaking post-match, Edwards credited his teammates for his scintillating performance.

“Scoring four tries is something nice, but obviously it’s off the back of the work all the way up the field,” he told Fox League.

“I just got lucky with a couple of them, I just had to just pretty much cross over the line.”

The reigning champions repeatedly targeted Manly’s left edge, breaking through the thin defence.

“That was a bit of a plan, we knew that they’ve got a strong forward pack through the middle there, so if we could build a bit of momentum and shift the ball, get it out to the edges and make some metres through that way, we were going to [get through], Edwards said.

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“And we were fortunate enough to be able to do that.”

It took Manly just short of an hour to register a score – with Jason Saab pouncing on a grubber in the 58th minute.

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But after hitting the scoreboard, the match appeared to balance up in the second half as the Sea Eagles held the Panthers to 12 points a piece.

A ginger Tom Trbojevic crossed over for a consolation try late in the 73rd minute, seemingly nursing an injury niggle.

Manly was down to 15 players early after Karl Lawton was subbed off with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder, and Reuben Garrick with a category two concussion after failing his second head injury assessment.

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