Black­town Work­ers Sea Ea­gles

2016 fin­ish: [ Manly-War­ringah Sea Ea­gles] 11th

Rugby League Week - - Nsw Cup -

The coach says: Manly have en­tered into a part­ner­ship with Black­town Work­ers for the 2017 NSW Cup sea­son. The new-look Sea Ea­gles will be coached by Pat Weis­ner, Black­town’s Ron Massey Cup men­tor from last year, and will play out of H.E. Lay­butt Field. With 10 Ron Massey Cup play­ers mak­ing the step up this year, Weis­ner is hop­ing the Sea Ea­gles NRL squad fares bet­ter in the in­jury de­part­ment. “We think we’ll be com­pet­i­tive, but like most teams we’ll be hop­ing there aren’t many in­juries above us and hope­fully we can get a good group of NRL play­ers com­ing back to us each week,” he says. “[Manly’s NRL squad] seems to be a lot more set­tled this year. Hope­fully they don’t have as many in­juries at the Nines as they had last year be­cause that set them back a bit and they were al­ways try­ing to catch up to where they wanted to be.”

Player to watch: Once a highly-promis­ing un­der-20s player with the Dragons, Char­lie Fain­gaa ( above) has had to start from scratch af­ter leav­ing the game to be­come a labourer. He most re­cently starred with grand fi­nal­ists Red­cliffe in the Queens­land Cup. Now he’ll be Weis­ner’s main en­forcer as he tar­gets a first-grade spot with Manly. “Char­lie’s got plenty of power, he’s a big boy and he’s been do­ing re­ally well in the Q Cup. He’s a player we’ll be able to rely on to get us go­ing for­ward and he’ll be a big chance of break­ing into the NRL as well,” Weis­ner says. KEY GAINS: Lloyd Per­rett, Shaun Lane, Cameron Cullen, Akuila Uate KEY LOSSES: Isaac John, Liam Knight, Tony Sa­tini

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