Recipe for disaster: NRL club, players and an 81yo granny
AN NRL club, rugby league players and a mysterious 81-year-old grandmother.
That's the recipe which has seen the Manly Sea Eagles enter crisis mode after being drawn into a damaging salary cap scandal.
The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating third-party sponsor payments to several high-profile players including former star Kieran Foran.
However, the most eye-catching payment being scrutinised is that of a North Shore grandmother.
The 81-year-old Sea Eagles tragic admitted she made payments to players and said she received "an awful lot out of sponsoring them".
And while she denied any wrongdoing, she also refused to disclose what she got for her money.
"I have registered third-party deals, yes," she told The Daily Telegraph. "Registered by the NRL. I have sponsored players, I work with (player) managers.
"I have done nothing wrong and can't imagine what the problem would be. There's been no payments other than what I have done through the NRL.
"I have not been spoken to and would happily show them my books, they can have a look at them anytime they like. I've got nothing to hide at all."
The mysterious woman said she began sponsoring players several years ago.