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Manly Sea Eagles 2017 Preview

  • Signings & Losses
  • Player Rankings
  • Strongest 17
  • Close Results Record
  • The Professor’s Prediction
  • Your Prediction

Signings & Losses

Losses: Jamie Buhrer (Newcastle – SR), Luke Burgess (ESL – P), Nathan Green (Released – SR), Liam Knight (Sydney – SR), Blake Leary (QLD Cup – SR), Jamie Lyon (Retired – C), Feleti Mateo (Released – LK), Matt Parcell (Leeds – HK), Josh Starling (Newcastle – P), Tom Symonds (ESL – SR), Siosaia Vave (Parramatta – P), Brayden Wiliame (ESL – W)

A huge turnover of players sees just over 35% of Manly’s 2016 NRL starting 17 leave (this doesn’t include Taufua, Larence or Godinet)! Premiership winning duo Lyon & Buhrer are the most significant losses to the side. Injury has interrupted Buhrer’s last 2 seasons but towards the backend of 2016, he was showing the form that earned him a SOO jumper. Lyon struggled throughout last season with an injury and switching between center and five eight. DCE along with Matai and Stewart (who remain to be seen if they will play in 2017) are now the sole survivors from their 2011 triumph. Vave was one of Manly’s best last season and how they fill the gap his left remains to be seen.

Signings: Blake Green (Melbourne – FE), Shaun Lane (New Zealand – SR), Jonathan Wright (New Zealand – W), Akuila Uate (Newcastle – W), Jackson Hastings (Sydney – HB), Curtis Sironen (Wests – SR), Jarrad Kennedy (Canberra – SR), Cameron Cullen (Gold Coast – HB)

A cast of misfits joins the Sea Eagles in 2017. Green will fill the five eight position which was plugged with numerous players throughout 2016. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain his 2016 form as history shows most players who leave the Storm struggle. Sironen, Kennedy, and Lane will fight for a spot in the back row or on the bench. They all struggled for a spot in their respective sides last season and will need a vast improvement to make Manly any chance of being a top 8 side. Uate has gone from being a SOO winger to a reserve grader last season. At 31 he still has something to offer and could prove a shrewd investment.

 

Player Rankings

Player Age 2016 Position 2016 Games Played 2016 Position Rank
Brian Kelly 21 C DNP DNP
Tom Trbojevic 21 FB 23 9
Blake Green 31 FE 24 12
Dylan Walker 23 FE 18 25
Tom Wright 20 FE DNP DNP
Jackson Hastings 21 HB 15 8
Pita Godinet 30 HB 2 9
Daly Cherry-Evans 28 HB 19 10
Cameron Cullen 24 HB 5 22
Apisai Koroisau 25 HK 18 10
Joey Lussick 22 HK DNP DNP
Jake Trbojevic 23 LK 23 7
Darcy Lussick 28 P 19 15
Brenton Lawrence 33 P 9 39
Nate Myles 32 P 16 47
Addin Fonua-Blake 22 P 14 64
Lloyd Perrett 23 P 2 86
Martin Taupau 27 SR 20 2
Curtis Sironen 24 SR 8 58
Frank Winterstein 31 SR 3 67
Lewis Brown 31 SR 24 68
Bill Bainbridge 20 SR 1 81
Shaun Lane 23 SR 1 84
Jarrad Kennedy 28 SR DNP DNP
Jorge Taufua 26 W 18 22
Brad Parker 20 W 4 41
Jonathan Wright 30 W 9 46
Akuila Uate 30 W 10 50
Matthew Wright 26 W 15 55
Peter Schuster 25 W DNP DNP

Strongest 17

1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jorge Taufua
3. Dylan Walker
4. Matthew Wright
5. Akuila Uate
6. Blake Green
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Darcy Lussick
9. Apisai Koroisau
10. Nate Myles
11. Martin Taupau
12. Curtis Sironen
13. Jake Trbojevic

BENCH
14. Addin Fonua-Blake
15. Lloyd Perrett
16. Frank Winterstein
17. Lewis Brown

 

Close Results Record

Wins: 2
Losses: 4

The Professor’s Prediction

Verdict – 14th

Your Prediction