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NRL 2019: Clint Gutherson to Manly Sea Eagles contract, position



The email that ties Clint Gutherson to a "home" move to Manly is gaining momentum.

NRL 360 Co-host Paul Kent hinted Monday night that the Sea Eagles are gearing up to offer their former junior talents an agreement to return to the club in 2020.

Gutherson is out of the contract and has taken to the NRL market after defeating the last offer of the eels, which he and his agent, Sam Ayoub, believe to be short of what the player is worth.

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Kent says Manly is one of the few rival clubs interested in securing Gutherson's services.

But that raises the question – where would the sea eagles fit together?

Gutherson is the closest thing to a genuine rugby league utility you'll find on the NRL. He is probably on the same level as Tyrone Peachey in terms of a Jack of all business in real life.

It will be argued Peachey can play a wider range of positions, but in shape this year Gutherson has to be the best player.

Throughout his seven-year career at the NRL, Gutherson spent most of his time in four positions – center back, center, and five-eighth.

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A summary of Clint Gutherson's career statistics per charge.
A summary of Clint Gutherson's career statistics per charge.Source: FOX SPORTS

His ability to play ball, his speed and good form and his resistance in defense mean that he can fill any backline role with relative ease.

He has been a quarterback in Parramatta for the past 12 months but his way to Manly's No. 1 shirt would be blocked by young Tom Trbojevic.

This leaves a point on the outer halves or back.

For the money, Manly would have to shell out for Gutherson – said to be set at $ 750,000 – it is likely the club plans to play him in five-eighth as partner Halves Cherry-Evans's Daly.

That role is currently being split between Kane Elgey and Lachlan Croker, the latter who made an impressive comeback from an injury to beat Canberra over the weekend.

Gutherson has played 20 games in No. 6 and has 13 assists but it is his racing game that can prove his greatest asset alongside game management and Cherry-Evans nous.

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A starting spine from Tom Trbojevic, Clint Gutherson, Daly Cherry-Evans and Manase Fainu or Api Koroisau will undoubtedly excite the fans.

The other role Gutherson could fill would be on the outer coasts.

The club's highest paid center, Dylan Walker, has a lawsuit coming and is out of contract, and he certainly has no guarantee of being at the Sea Eagles next year.

It's an area that Manly looked a little thin this season and adding Gutherson as a quarter of an advantage would greatly increase attack power.


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