The contractual dispute between the Manly Sea Eagles and major sponsor FAL Healthy beverages will now require a full hearing in the Supreme Court.
This is the result of a judgment handed down today in the Supreme Court after Manly had sought to accelerate the process by issuing a statutory demand.
Despite failing to get the judgement the Manly Sea Eagles believe strongly that the club has a fully enforceable three year contract with FAL through its product Coco Joy.
"The statutory demand process was potentially a way of short circuiting an otherwise lengthy and arduous court process.This was simply the first step in our attempt to get FAL to honour their contract,'' said Manly CEO Joe Kelly.
"We were hopeful of avoiding a lengthy litigation process but we remain fully committed to enforcing our rights.
"The Sea Eagles remain supremely confident of a positive outcome in the pending full Supreme Court hearing which will now follow."
Manly will wear the Coco Joy jersey in Friday's NRL clash with Parramatta which will be telecast live and free to a huge audience.