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Manly courted by more corporations

By Brent Read 08/08/2003 07:21:51 PM Comments (0)

Manly has received approaches from two other corporations in the wake of the bold bid by mobile phone company Crazy John's to buy into the National Rugby League club.

Sea Eagles chief executive Ian Thomson revealed he had fielded calls from companies expressing an interest in holding talks with the club.

Crazy John's bid even prompted one long-time supporter to walk into the club with $10,000 wanting to buy a share in the Sea Eagles.

However, Thomson has put all talks on hold until he speaks with representatives from Crazy John's on Monday.

"Out of respect we will talk to them first," Thomson said.

The Manly chief executive has arranged a telephone hook-up with Sea Eagles board member Joe Cross, Crazy John's founder John Ilham and executive director Brendan Fleiter.

When asked about the likelihood of the club reaching an agreement with Crazy John's, Thomson said: "It's too early to tell.

"We've had four telephone conversations which in total amount to 10 minutes."

One thing the club won't budge on is a controlling interest.

Manly patriarch Ken Arthurson said he could never envisage the club selling more than 49 per cent while Thomson stressed the Sea Eagles would not entertain selling a majority stake.

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