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Manly boss Ian Thomson has apologised to Mal Kaufusi's manager following claims from a club official that the Tongan forward had shown gross disloyalty in signing a deal with NRL rival Sydney Roosters.
Player agent Sam Ayoub brokered the two-year contract with the defending premiers, despite the Sea Eagles spending a considerable amount of time and money to get Kaufusi an Australian working visa after he was deported last year.
It's understood Thomson has apologised to Ayoub after Manly media manager Peter Peters said Kaufusi should look up the word loyalty in the Macquarie Dictionary.
Thomson has given his blessing to Kaufusi's decision, saying he can't blame the man known as "Special K" for accepting more money than the small incentive-based contract Manly could offer.