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Beaver is a Legend

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Canteen Worker, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    No luring Beaver away

    John Greco in www.manlydaily.com.au

    2 August 2008

    NOT even the lure of an extra $150,000 a year to join Brad Fittler at the Roosters could convince Manly legend Steve Menzies to walk out on his junior club.

    Menzies has revealed the lure of playing with the champion five-eighth almost saw him walk out on the club and link with the Roosters in 2001.

    Menzies' frank admission is contained in his autobiography released yesterday: Beaver: The Steve Menzies Story.

    A chapter in Menzies' book outlines how close he came to leaving his beloved club during the fall-out from the Northern Eagles debacle.

    The joint-venture had fallen apart at the end of 2001 and while Manly was re-forming as a stand alone entity the toll left the club in disarray and finances critically low. It's been well-documented how hard the Eels chased the brilliant backrower at that time but Menzies admitted it was a move to Bondi that was the most appealing.

    "My stepfather was keen for me to take the Roosters offer," Menzies wrote.

    "He sat with me for 25 minutes giving all the reasons I should accept what they were offering.

    "Part of it was the money and part of it was the vulnerability that Manly's financial woes had meant for them.

    "But his biggest and most compelling argument was that it would give me the chance to play with Brad Fittler, at the time the best player in the game. I had played plenty of football with Freddie and I have to say it was a very tempting thought.

    "Had I taken the better of those financial offers - Parramatta or the Roosters - I would have been $150,000 a year richer than I was at Manly. It was a lot to give up but I felt like I would have been giving my life away, my mates, my fun, my lifestyle and my heritage."

    Menzies, who is now coming towards the end of 16 stellar seasons at Brookvale, said the biggest change from when he began in 1993 was the professionalism in the game.

    But he warned it's not all necessarily good.

    "I see 16-year-olds forced to train every day, pushed into weight sessions and multiple training routines," the 34-year-old wrote.

    "When you consider the bigger picture it limits their life and development because they have no time for anything else, including education.

    "For a kid subjected to professional training levels from the time he is barely past puberty the workload does more damage than good."
     
  2. Zep

    Zep Active Member

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  3. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

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    If the NRL don't do something to honour this bloke in perpetuity it will taint the game forever.
     
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He's a Manly player, so they won't. 
     
  5. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    This post's title just says it all. There probably isn't a nicer, better talented, all-round superstar of a good bloke in the history of the game. He deserves a statue outside the entrance to Brookie.
     
  6. eagle_predator

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    Bloody oath.
     
  7. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Have ordered the book and am looking forward to it turning up.
     
  8. Zep

    Zep Active Member

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    would be great to see a statue...
     
  9. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I just hope Round 25 is a Sunday afternoon so there can be a huge game for his last home game at Brookie (given that we should have a home semi a fortnight after that!!!)
     
  10. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Mate, I suggested that on the official website. If we are getting an upgrade and renovations, a statue of Beaver full stride out the front would be fantastic.

    For some reason, the suggestion was deleted within seconds.

    To me that speaks louder than words, and I reckon it will look great.  :p
     

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