Manly Sea Ea­gles

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From the ashes

Sure, Manly was hit by the NRL with a breach no­tice over salary cap ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties towards the end of last year, and Brook­vale Oval is fall­ing apart around them, but like gen­er­a­tions of Sea Ea­gles have done so suc­cess­fully over the years, this cur­rent crop will need to block all that frontof­fice drama out and get on with the job.

Speak­ing of the on-field depart­ment, coach Trent Bar­rett isn’t with­out his own chal­lenges, as he looks to find a new halves part­ner for su­per­star Daly Cherry-Evans fol­low­ing the de­par­ture Blake Green to the War­riors. He seems to have se­cured an able one in po­ten­tial su­per­star Lach­lan Cro­ker, an in­jury-plagued young­ster who fi­nally gets his shot in the top grade fol­low­ing a few un­lucky years down at the Raiders. Cro­ker will prove more than ca­pa­ble if Manly misses out on lur­ing Trent Hod­kin­son due to the NRL step­ping in over those cap queries.

There’s been a key per­son­nel up­date in the for­wards at Manly too, with for­mer Dragons back­rower Joel Thomp­son to pro­vide the Ea­gles with plenty of mus­cle up front in 2018. They were miss­ing this in spades last year, fol­low­ing the in­jury to Cur­tis Siro­nen just as he was be­gin­ning to hit the form of his ca­reer, and the de­par­ture mid-sea­son of for­mer Ma­roons hard­man Nate Myles to the Storm.

Head­line you’ll see: “It’s just a flesh wound: Bar­rett”

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