Reportedly on the outer at the club for some time, a move has been made official, with Jackson Hastings signing a two-year deal with the Manly Sea Eagles.
Since making his debut in the 2014 season, Hastings has played 36 NRL games and the signing is one that Manly’s Head of Football Bob Fulton has praised.
“We are delighted to bring into our club an exciting young player who can cover several key positions and is an excellent goal-kicker,” Fulton said.
“At the age of 20, Jackson’s rugby league career is ahead of him and we want him to be at the Sea Eagles long term.”
The club rate their incoming signing highly and hope he can become a key part of the side.
“As a junior, he was without peer and being the son of a great player in Kevin Hastings obviously has placed extra pressure on him. There will be none of that at Manly,” said Fulton.
“We consider him to be one of the most outstanding young players in the game and often a change of clubs can bring about the necessary changes needed for Jackson to fulfil the promise he showed throughout his junior career.
“Both Trent Barrett and I consider him to be a real boost to our 2017 squad and we welcome him to our club.”
Hastings’ versatility was praised by Manly coach Trent Barrett, who believes it can come in handy for the club in 2017.
“Jackson is a young player with tremendous talent who can easily play several positions,” Barrett said.
“He comes to Manly looking to secure a permanent starting spot and his experience gives us good depth in and around the halves and at hooker.”
Barrett is no stranger to Jackson Hastings, having lived next to him in Wollongong and watching him grow up as a rugby league player.
“I’ve known Jackson his whole life pretty much and he’s an exceptional player,” Barrett added.
“We’ve watched him since he was a kid and he’s always been a standout coming through the juniors.”