LEGENDARY Manly hooker Max Krilich is tipping a bright future for the Sea Eagles workaholic rookie number nine Matt Ballin. Ballin showed amazing patience and will to succeed by being ready for the call-up and then rising to the occasion in his match-up against Wests Tigers' rising superstar, hooker Robbie Farah, last Saturday at Leichhardt Oval. Ballin scored a try, made 45 tackles, ran strongly from dummy-half and kicked a 40-20 in a dream debut which won him a man-of-the-match award. The likeable young man with the body of my late Uncle Adonis killed 'em and impressed the best of judges including Manly's all-time great hooker Max Krilich. Krilich waited in reserve grade for more than 100 games (almost four years) behind Fred Jones before getting the call-up to first grade and went on to captain Manly, NSW and Australia. And Krilich says Ballin's debut was as good as he has seen. ``He was outstanding - he played like he was born to be there,'' Krilich told me. ``His dummy-half play was crisp and his passing balletic. He chose his time to scoot and his defence was strong.'' Coach Des Hasler and his support team have done a wonderful job bringing talent like Ballin to the club. Ballin hails from Kingaroy in Queensland and has been Manly's best premier league performer for the past two seasons. He runs his own personal fitness training business in conjunction with his full-time NRL training with the Sea Eagles. His parents and friends left Kingaroy at 2am on Saturday morning to make the match and will back up again to watch Matty go around tomorrow against the Roosters at Aussie Stadium. Almost as proud as the family was Manly's cunning-as-a-fox assistant coach Dennis Moore, who is another peanut from Kingaroy.