Brett Stewart's contract approved by NRL

Last updated 16:26 28/02/2013
Brett Stewart
SET TO RETURN: Brett Stewart will make his return from injury for Manly against the Roosters.

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Brett Stewart's contract has been approved by salary cap auditor Ian Schubert and will be registered in time for the NRL season kick off.

The Manly fullback will now officially be available for the opening round encounter against Brisbane, with the club placating ARLC concerns over that and several other Sea Eagles contracts.

Despite speculation to the contrary, the 2011 premiers will not have to shed any players to fit under the salary cap.

"The Manly Sea Eagles have had confirmation that all outstanding NRL contracts will be registered by round one as required," said Manly general manager David Perry.

"The club has been working closely with the NRL for some time like any other NRL club to get to this point.

"I respect some frustration in relation to the issue but this process takes time and is complicated for all involved.

"This is the first time the Sea Eagles have faced such issues, however it is not unprecedented with other clubs over the years.

"We can now look forward to getting on with the football ahead and look forward to a promising season for the game."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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