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Manly release Bailey to join Harlequins

20/10/2010 01:57:10 PM Comments (0)

Manly have released utility Chris Bailey to join Super League side London Harlequins in a bid to relieve some of the strain on the NRL club's salary cap.

Bailey will link up with Harlequins on a three-year deal in 2011, having spent two seasons with the Sea Eagles after joining the club on a three-year contract from Newcastle.

Originally signed as a solution to Manly's five-eighth woes, Bailey spent time at centre, lock and second row as well as in the halves for coach Des Hasler.

Bailey will join teammates Ben Farrar and Josh Perry in the Super League next season as the Sea Eagles continue creating some room to move under the salary cap.

"Because of salary-cap restraints we couldn't offer Chris Bailey a future beyond next season, but this opportunity gives him an exciting extension to his career," Hasler said in a statement released by the club.

"In his two seasons with Manly he has been a tremendous asset to our club and he goes with our best wishes.

"He is a terrific player to coach and his ability to play anywhere benefits any club he joins."

Bailey said he could not pass up the opportunity to extend his career in England.

He will replace former Manly player Luke Williamson, who recently announced his retirement, at the London-based club.

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