Tom Trbojevic was only 15 when Des Hasler left Manly for the Bulldogs.
Tom Trbojevic was only 15 when Des Hasler left Manly for the Bulldogs.

Turbo admits he’s never even met Hasler

HE is the man charged with immediately turning around Manly's fortunes but coach-in-waiting Des Hasler will first have to introduce himself to his new team.

Expected to be named Sea Eagles coach after a seven-year absence, Hasler hasn't even met superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic yet.

Any discussion between Hasler and his Kangaroos international will be put off for a few weeks after Trbojevic jetted out for Bali over the weekend.

Only captain Daly Cherry-Evans remains from Hasler's last stint at the Sea Eagles when Trbojevic was just an avid teenage Manly fan who dreamt of playing in the top grade.


"I've never met him, he finished up in 2011 and I was only 15," Trbojevic said.

"I'm not sure what's going on there. If he wants to come, he's a two-time premiership winner and made a lot of grand finals. He knows what he's doing so we'll have to wait and see.

"With the stuff with Baz (Trent Barrett), I hope it all gets sorted out and we can move on, we start training in a couple of weeks, you wanted it all sorted by then so we can move forward and have a more successful year because we weren't good enough this year."

Barrett is expected to be reduced to a minor role with the Sea Eagles as the club looks to make good on its promise to make him earn part of his contract money, rather than release him with a payout.

One of the possible roles is an assistant under-20s coach which would be a dramatic fall from grace for Barrett, who still harbours a desire to be a long-term NRL coach.

While the Manly saga drags on, Trbojevic spent time in the Kangaroos camp seeking guidance from Cherry-Evans about Hasler's impact as a coach.

"(Cherry-Evans) said (Hasler) is really good, he only had the one year with him in 2011 but won a premiership," Trbojevic said.


Des Hasler took Manly to the title in 2011.
Des Hasler took Manly to the title in 2011.

"He gets us one of them it will be nice. I used to watch Manly myself so he was a very successful coach at the club and the Bulldogs as well, he knows what he's doing, and if he's to come I'll look forward to working with him.''

Trbojevic scored twice in Australia's win against Tonga on Saturday night where he starred playing in the unfamiliar centre role.

"For me defensively it's very different, at some stages I did get found out, but I enjoy playing there and in this jersey and I'm thankful (coach) Mal (Meninga) gave me the opportunity," Trbojevic said.

"I enjoy playing fullback, that's where I've always played, but in these rep teams you do what the coach asks of you."