Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have today released hooker Matt Ballin after 11 years of tremendous service to the Club.
Ballin played 217 first grade games for the Sea Eagles, the highlights being the 2008 and 2011 premiership victories.
Contracted until the end of 2016, the decision to release the 31-year-old was not an easy one but provides Matt the opportunity to secure his NRL playing future with another Club.
Manly Warringah CEO Joe Kelly said it was a tough decision to release Ballin.
“Matt has been a wonderful player and servant for this Club. His tireless efforts and professional approach to training, playing and to the community has made him a very popular figure amongst team mates, staff, Members and corporate partners,’’ Kelly said.
Manly Warringah Chairman Scott Penn praised Ballin for his service to the Sea Eagles.
“Matt has been a fantastic ambassador for this Club, both on and off the field, over many years. The Club wishes Matt, his wife Shannan, and their young family all the very best for the future.”
Ballin said he leaves the Sea Eagles with great memories.
“I have really enjoyed my years at Manly. It’s a terrific Club and I have played with some extraordinary players and I have been fortunate to have won two premierships,’’ Ballin said.
“The friendships I have made will last a lifetime. I’d like to thank all of my coaches and the support staff for making me the player I am today.
“Finally, a special thank you to the Sea Eagles Members for their great support during my career at Manly.”