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Ballin Ready

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    Manly Daily

    FOR a player under enormous pressure Matt Ballin remains calm and collected as he makes a bid to fill the big boots of playmaker Michael Monaghan in the Sea Eagles pack for the 2008 NRL premiership.

    The 23-year-old can't wait for official training to start on Monday after a brief holiday in Thailand with his wife Shannon.

    ``I'm ready to get started for the most important season of my career so far,'' said the former Kingaroy Red Ants junior.

    Ballin has been the standout lower-grade player at the Sea Eagles for the past few seasons as he has patiently waited for his crack at the top grade.

    He impressed with a man-of-the-match performance in his first grade debut against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.

    Ballin knows he is in for a real challenge for the number nine from ex-Roosters hooker Heath L'Estrange, who finished the season strongly with Brad Fittler's side. L'Estrange will join his new teammates at Monday's first official training session.
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    He's been ready for two years. There are only 480,001 reasons why he hasn't played 50 NRL games by now.

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