Jamie Lyon to stay with Sea Eagles in 2013

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Last updated 19:48 18/01/2013
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STAYING PUT: Jamie Lyon has confirmed he will stay with the Manly Sea Eagles in 2013 despite rumours he was off to the Gold Coast Titans.

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Manly captain Jamie Lyon says he won't be linking with NRL rivals Gold Coast for the coming season.

The Titans made an audacious bid to immediately lure the two-time premiership winner north, but Lyon has released a statement confirming he's not going anywhere in 2013.

Gold Coast reportedly tabled a four-year deal to Lyon, which would have required him to be released from the final year of his Manly contract.

Manly general manager of football Steve Gigg says Lyon won't be seeking an early release.

Lyon said he remains committed to the Sea Eagles despite the lucrative approach from the Titans.

"Unbeknown to me, the Sea Eagles, then my manager received an unexpected offer for me to join the Gold Coast team immediately," Lyon said in a Manly statement.

"My loyalty and commitment to Manly remains uncompromised and I look forward to season 2013 with the Sea Eagles."

News Limited reported that Lyon had agreed to a "deal in principle" with Gold Coast and was meeting with Sea Eagles management on Friday to ask for a release from the final year of his NRL contract.

News said that request was denied by Manly.

Gold Coast made a play for NSW star Michael Jennings, before the Penrith reject linked with the Sydney Roosters this week.

The Titans have money to spend and are on the lookout for a quality centre.

Gold Coast haven't returned calls from AAP but chief executive David May said last week that they were talking to other players of the calibre of Jennings.

"We are also talking to one or two people who are of that calibre," May said.

"We want superstars at this club.

"We want (to be a) club that is performing in the top four."

Centres don't get much better than Lyon, a former Test and Origin star who has won two grand finals with the Sea Eagles.

Manly's salary cap situation is tight, but not tight enough for them to want to sacrifice arguably their best player.

Lyon, 30, walked out on Parramatta midway through 2004 before moving to the English Super League for two seasons.

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