Fonua-Blake granted permission to leave Manly

Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake has been granted permission to leave the Sea Eagles after indicating a desire to move out of Sydney with his young family.

Manly confirmed the news on Wednesday morning, with the 24-year-old set to move to another NRL club at the end of the 2020 season. He has two years left on his contract with Manly.

Manly confirmed the news on Wednesday morning, with the 24-year-old set to move to another NRL club at the end of the 2020 season.Credit:NRL Photos

"Whilst Addin is a senior and highly valued member of the Sea Eagles squad and would be a huge loss, out of respect to him and his circumstances, the club has today given its permission for the exploratory conversations to be conducted immediately," the statement read.

"The club will look favourably upon a request to release Addin from the final two years of his contract on compassionate grounds as long as the Sea Eagles receive fair and reasonable compensation.

"The Club has advised Addin and his manager that this matter needs to be resolved promptly so that all parties can confidently plan for the future."

Fonua-Blake joined Manly in 2017. His contract had been terminated by St George Illawarra two years earlier after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend.

He again made headlines this year after he was fined $20,000 by the NRL for calling referee Grant Atkins a “f—ing retard” when he was sent from the field after the siren following a contentious match-deciding call in July.

After a two-game ban was handed down, it was revealed Atkins’ was subjected to more abuse in the tunnel when the Tongan prop said: “Are your eyes f—ing painted on you bunch of spastics”.

Along with the fine, he was also ordered to perform community work as a wheelchair rugby league referee.

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