Sure to be a rush for “Crusher”

Rugby League Week - - News -

Noel Cleal has left the Bull­dogs after serv­ing as re­cruit­ment man­ager for much of Des Hasler’s ten­ure at the club — but we can’t see “Crusher” be­ing out of work for long. Word has it that Manly — where Cleal starred as a player in the 1980s — are keen to lure him back. Cleal is among the most re­spected re­cruit­ment men in the game and has a vast ar­ray of scouts in the bush, dat­ing back to his own days as a player in coun­try foot­ball. Dur­ing his 21 years in re­cruit­ment with the Eels, Manly and Bull­dogs, the top-grade sides have missed the fi­nals just twice.

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