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Manly Sea Eagles make eye-opening decision on unpopular NRL move ahead of Magic Round

Finally some good news for Manly fans. Dealing with it two losses in a row and yet Another Tom Trbojevic hamstring injurySea Eagles fans can rejoice at the news that one of their biggest upsets is nearing an end. Brisbane’s last game against Manly NRL In the match at Brookvale Oval, Geoff Toovey was the Sea Eagles coach, Jamie Lyon was the captain and Brett Stewart scored his customary try.

If it seems like a long time ago, that’s because it is. The Broncos haven’t visited the northern beaches since 2014, after Manly bosses agreed to move their next eight years of “home” games against Brisbane to Suncorp Stadium. And while the move made financial sense at the time, the arrangement has caused a lot of pain for Sea Eagles fans.

From left to right, Manly players Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans in action against Brisbane.From left to right, Manly players Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans in action against Brisbane.

Manly’s long-term deal to play ‘home’ matches against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium will end after the NRL’s Magic Round. Photo: Getty

Heading into another home game against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, Manly’s win-loss record since giving up hosting rights to Brisbane is 2-5. But the torment is almost over. The Magic Round clash will be the last time Manly give up a home game to Brisbane, with the long-standing arrangement coming to an end.

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“The decision to move this particular home game to Brisbane made good financial sense and helped the club get through some tough times,” CEO Tony Mestrov told Yahoo Sport Australia. “Nobody in Manly would have voluntarily given up playing at Brookvale but it was a smart business decision at the time.

“We are now in a better position to determine our own future and playing a home game at Suncorp Stadium is not part of that. While the deal does bring some financial benefits to the club, it is clearly a huge disadvantage for a strong club like the Broncos to play at their home ground rather than at 4 Pines Park.

Seen here as Manly play against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in the NRL.Seen here as Manly play against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in the NRL.

Manly played their home games against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium as part of a long-term commercial agreement between the NRL clubs. Photo: Getty

“The next time we play our home game against Brisbane will be at 4 Pines Park.” Mestrov said the strong home support for the Sea Eagles this season, which has attracted more than 15,000 fans, showed the fans’ loyalty to Brookvale.

“Our fans have been absolutely fantastic, they have come out in huge numbers and supported the team at home,” he said. “We will be adjusting what our home fixture list looks like in the future and will look to give the team every advantage, taking into account the club’s commercial situation.”