7th Tackle: Hastings on the market again

Josh Massoud and Liam Cox

Jackson Hastings could be headed to his third club in as many years, with Manly telling the youngster’s management he’s free to play elsewhere in 2018.

The Sea Eagles picked-up Hastings last December following his release from the Roosters.

* The club firming for Matt Moylan's signature
* Robbie Farah’s latest run-in with the media causes real damage
* Why DCE knocked back his green and gold offer
* Blues boycott gala night in support of Loz
* Basketball preparation for Kiwi cousins
* Wolf Hunt begins Down Under

The talented yet headstrong 21-year-old found himself on the outer at Bondi after butting heads with senior players, including co-captain Jake Friend.

We’ve heard of no such repeats on the Northern Beaches, where he made 11 NRL appearances this season.

Hastings has struggled to find a home. Pic: Getty

To the contrary, NSW Cup coaches praised his attitude on the weekends he was dropped back to reserve grade.

We understand salary cap forces are a bigger factor, given the Roosters won’t be subsidising a large part of Hastings’ salary next season.