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Sea Eagles extend contracts of three top young players

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have extended the contracts of three of its most exciting young players in another positive step forward for the Club.

The Sea Eagles have secured Tolu Koula to the end of the 2024 season, and Ben Trbojevic and Kaeo Weekes each to the end of 2023.

All three players have come through the very successful Sea Eagles Pathways Academy.

A talented centre/back-rower, Ben Trbojevic made his NRL debut for the Sea Eagles against the Newcastle Knights last season, playing alongside brothers, Jake and Tom, for the first time.

The 20-year-old has played four NRL matches after being promoted into the top 30 squad in 2021.

“I’m very pleased to have re-signed with the Sea Eagles, a club that has been a huge part of my life already,’’ Ben said.

Ben Trbojevic
Ben Trbojevic ©Manly Media

“There is a great feeling amongst the team about the years ahead and what we can achieve.

“I have so much more to learn about being an NRL player and there is no better teacher than Coach Des Hasler.”

A quality young centre, Koula is one of the quickest backs at the Sea Eagles and is in his second season in the NRL squad after being promoted upon finishing his HSC at Newington College in 2020. 

Lightning quick...Tolu Koula
Lightning quick...Tolu Koula ©Manly Media

The 19-year-old was a prolific try scorer for Manly's SG Ball team in 2021. He also played five NSW Cup games before the season was cancelled due to Covid.

I’m very determined to make my NRL debut for Manly this season

Tolu Koula

“This new deal is pretty special to me and my family.”

A full-back with tremendous skills, vision and speed, 19-year-old Weekes is enjoying his first season in the Sea Eagles top 30 squad.

One of the real standout players in the successful Sea Eagles Pathways Academy, Weekes has been a top try scorer in the NSWRL Junior representative competitions after starting at Manly as a 14-year-old.

He was part of Manly’s Development squad in 2021 where he played SG Ball and Jersey Flegg. He also played five games in the shortened NSW Cup season because of Covid.

Kaeo Weekes
Kaeo Weekes ©Manly Media

“I just want to keep working on my game and to keep learning as much as I possibly can from the best full-back in the NRL in Tom Trbojevic,’’ Weekes said.

“To make my NRL debut here at Manly would mean so much to me.”


Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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