Josh Schuster insists he has no regrets about his stance on Manly’s rainbow jersey saga, despite the drastic impact it had on the NRL club’s season.
Seven Sea Eagles stars refused to wear a rainbow jersey for their 20th round match with Sydney Roosters, with players angry they were not consulted by club bosses about the jersey’s introduction.
Schuster, an up and coming playmaker for the club, was one of those seven players and sat out the game they lost.
Manly star Josh Schuster was one of seven Manly players who refused to wear a rainbow jersey last season to promote inclusiveness in the rugby league.
In fact, Manly ultimately failed to win any of their remaining matches of the 2022 season, having taken ninth place ahead of the game, and coach Des Hasler was sacked by the club last week.
Despite the horrendous streak of results that followed the saga, when Schuster was asked by Nine if he had “no regrets,” the 21-year-old said, “Yeah, sure. As I said before, my personal beliefs and faith are paramount.”
Reflecting on Hasler’s departure, Schuster added, “It actually shocked me a bit.
Manly’s season spiraled out of control after the seven players boycotted the game against the Sydney Roosters in response to the club’s unveiling of a Pride jersey.
The jersey divided Sea Eagles supporters, with some criticizing the seven boycotters while others calling on fans to respect their decision
Des Hasler’s second spell at Manly ended last week when he was sacked by the club
“He still talks to me here and there to make sure I’m still training… [training]. I think throughout his coaching [career] his most important aspect was the well-being of the player; he cares about the person.’
Since the rainbow jersey fiasco, there have been rumors of rifts developing between the rebels and the rest of the squad, with Hasler’s bitter departure fueling speculation about the squad’s morale.
However, Schuster rejected that idea.
“We’re a close couple, believe it or not,” he added. ‘[Despite] everything that’s happened this year, we’re still close, we’re still in touch. ‘
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