“The club won’t be taking a backward step and is ready to defend the claim in court,” a Manly spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.
It won’t be the first time Hasler has taken a club to court. In 2017, he sued the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for $2.4 million after he was sacked with two years remaining on the contract.
The two sides were able to settle the matter out-of-court.
Hasler begins the next phase of his coaching career formally next month, having signed a three-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans in July.
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