5 Oct 2011

Grand Final star leaves Manly

7:12 am on 5 October 2011

Manly's Grand Final-winning league coach Des Hasler says he understands Will Hopate's decision to switch to Parramatta when he completes his two-year Mormon mission, but the Sea Eagles did everything in their power to keep him.

19 year old Hopoate will join the Eeels in 2014 on a deal thought to be worth more than 2-million dollars for two seasons.

Hasler said Hopate told him and his teammates on Monday he'd agreed to sign with Parramatta, although the Eels won't confirm any deal.