Why the Sea Eagles have to consider uncomfortable truth about Tom Trbojevic

Manly life member Peter Peters has made staggering calls for the Sea Eagles to part ways with their superstar fullback.

Tom Trbojevic, pictured here in action for Manly in the NRL.
Tom Trbojevic has suffered a number of significant injuries in recent years. Image: Getty

Not for the first time, Peter Peters has Manly fans contorting with rage for simply stating what a lot of people are thinking but won’t say publicly. Zorba went on the Big Sports Breakfast Weekend radio program when the talk quickly turned to Tom Trbojevic and his career-saving trip to the US to work with rehabilitation guru Bill Knowles.

The premiership-winning Manly life member has never backed away from an opinion or sugar-coated anything on his life and wasn't about to trot out banalities when put on the spot. Asked if his old club should consider shipping Trbojevic off due to the ongoing issues with both his hamstrings, Peters said: "Yes, if it continues. I think it’s a business decision.

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"He may have to take an early retirement if it keeps going. He’s played (121) games and he made his debut back in 2015. It’s just not enough games.

"He’s a superstar but it’s like having a Lamborghini full of petrol in the garage, but you can’t drive it because, mechanically, it’s not sound. It’s a huge make-or-break for Turbo’s career in the NRL. He's 26, he’s got so many good years in front of him, if he’s fit."

Tom Trbojevic, pictured here after suffering a serious shoulder injury in 2022.
Tom Trbojevic suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2022. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Uncomfortable truth for Manly about Tom Trbojevic

Zorba's comments quickly did the rounds and Manly fans returning from the beach on a glorious Sunday afternoon predictably flew into a rage. But many know he speaks the truth on this subject – perhaps not in moving to punt Turbo but certainly to have a serious discussion about his future if the body won't do what the mind wants.

If this trip to the States doesn’t work out for the injury-jinxed Turbo and he breaks down again, Manly has some deep thinking to do. As good as he is – and he's very good at his peak - something has to give if he can’t get his body right for top-level rugby league.

The Sea Eagles can't keep doling out more than a million dollars a year for a player averaging 15 games a year. It's simply bad business and is impacting the psyche of the entire club.

Try to find mention of Manly without Trbojevic. It's almost impossible. His ongoing injury concerns dominate talk. There is no escape from the subject. Something has to give soon – and hopefully it isn’t Tommy's dodgy hammies.

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