Jake Denies DCE Gap As Brothers Finally Open To Pride Sweater Saga

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Jake Trbojevic has labeled suggestions of a rift between him and Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans as ‘ridiculous’, reaffirming his commitment to the Sea Eagles and urging people to move beyond the club’s furore.

The Manly Lock, who is currently on tour with the Kangaroos, has kept a low profile after the messy end to Des Hasler’s second stint at the club.

Trbojevic was an ally of Hasler, who appears to be replaced by former Brisbane and South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold.

Some of the fallout from Hasler’s departure led to speculation that Jake and brother Tom would explore their options outside of Brookvale Oval, given how close they were to the disapproved Sea Eagles coach.

It followed a tumultuous end to the 2022 NRL season, where Manly lost their last seven games in the wake of the Pride Jersey saga. But Trbojevic said he and brother Tom never had any desire to leave the club.

“We definitely didn’t want to (leave), that didn’t come from us,” he said. “We love Manly and grew up in Manly.

“It’s sometimes hard to see your loyalty questioned when we’ve worked really hard and we want Manly to do well. It was great to be here, (you) aren’t on social media, don’t read anything and you just get on with your business.”

Trbojevic also brushed aside speculation that he had feuded with Cherry-Evans as part of the disastrous end to Manly’s 2022 campaign.

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“That was frustrating to hear and I don’t like to see it, I’m a really good friend of Daly,” Trbojevic said. “It’s hard to see and I try not to think about it. It’s people who make it difficult for us and that’s fine. We get along very well and had a great time here and hung out a lot. I don’t know where that comes from.”

Trbojevic urged outsiders to look beyond the pride jersey as the reason for their demise at the end of the season.

“They have their opinion and I was fine with it. I understand their biggest thing is religion, my biggest thing is footy,” he said.

“The fact that we lost seven after that keeps people talking about it. Why do we dwell on it and let one play affect us? I don’t want to lose seven in a row, that sucks.”

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