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Trent Brett extends Manly coaching contract, plans to stay on for another decade
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So Trent Barrett declared after extending his contract as Sea Eagles coach for another two seasons.

After two months of intense negotiations, Manly and Barrett announced a new contract through until the end of 2020.

Many view Barrett as the next big thing in coaching and it will be reassuring that he now won’t be leaving at the end of next season.

Manly were controversially eliminated in week one of the finals this year and Barrett is already higher — a top-four finish in 2018.

New CEO Lyall Gorman with chairman Scott Penn and Trent Barrett. 

With Barrett back and Lyall Gorman being announced as the club’s new CEO, Manly suddenly have much-needed stability.

“I’m locked in for another three years,” Barrett said. “Hopefully my term as Manly coach, I’d love to coach here for 10 years.

“I’m over the moon to be here long-term. I feel right at home here. The family has settled in, we have been here since August, 2015. The kids have settled into the area.

“The club does get a lot of support from the community over here. They don’t call it the ‘insular peninsula’ for nothing.

“It gives me peace of mind to know that the club has confidence in me to do the job over the next three years.”

Barrett’s name had been linked to Canterbury and Gold Coast, and the interest from the Bulldogs was genuine.

Asked if he had an opportunity to move elsewhere, Barrett said: “No, not really. I wanted to stay here.

“It’s always flattering when you hear your name mentioned somewhere else but my heart was here.”

Manly finished sixth last year and will retain almost their entire NRL squad for next season.

“It was disappointing to bow out of the semi-finals so early this year but we have the guts of a really strong team here,” Barrett said.

“I think we have a really good opportunity in the next few years to have some success. The goal is to make the semi-finals and secure a top-four finish in 2018. I think we have the squad that can do it.

“We want success now, obviously. When I got the job, ‘Bozo’ (Manly’s former head of football, Bob Fulton) wasn’t one for five or 10-year plans. He was more a five-month plan.

“As much as we want success in the short-term, we want it long-term too.”

Barrett loves his work at Manly. 

Manly co-owner and chairman Scott Penn described Barrett’s retention as “fantastic”.

“Trent certainly has a playing group that absolutely want to play for him,” Penn said. “We know our retention and recruitment over the last couple of years has been strong.

“It is the first time in my 10 years as chairman that we have had less than a handful of players changing over.

“Our playing squad is solid, they love playing for him and we’re delighted to have him on board long-term.”

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