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Best & worst Seaeagles signings

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by MK Eagle, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Ok we all support anyone in Maroon & White but theres been some signings that didn't .....pan out. The norths brigade in the Northern Eagles are my pinnacle though O'Meley was good in patches. Kimmorley was a letdown & as mentioned previously this Dallas Rennie - wtf - didn't make the top team after some court battle like he was a marquee player.
    Many great buys but in my time Lyon King is 1 of the best, Cliffy no doubt, Mick O'conner was magic back in 1987 & from that team Ron Gibbs & the textbook frontrower Kevin Ward. Also NZ pair Ridge & Innes & could add the Stewart Bros but they basically come through our ranks & I see them more like Manly Juniors through 1 eye. BK deserves special metion - though he didn't win a premiership with Manly was a massive factor in shaping the aggressive win at all cost team we have today.
    Prob missed a few so help me fill in the blanks.
     
  2. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Worst in my time all due to injury otherwise they were three superstars.

    Ray Higgs
    John Dorahy
    Mitchell Cox - well maybe.
     
  3. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Good buys- Michael Robertson, Mark Carroll, Ian Roberts, David Gillespie, Terry Hill, Jim Serdaris, Joe Galuvao, Brent Kite and Matt Ballin
     
  4. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    For the money they paid Robertson, Monaghan, Bryant, Hall, Rose, Wolfman and Ballin would be hard to beat.
     
  5. quinny

    quinny Member

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    Fulton by a country mile. Eadie next best. As far as established players you nailed it. O'Connor, Lyon best. Kennedy, Lyons. Les Boyd and Cleal have to be up there. Mal Reilly to...I nearly forgot and John O'Neill. If you rate Ward-O'Neill doubled that. He was the best front rower in the game late 60's and early 70's. Ken Irvine. Kevin Iro and Craig Innes. There are too many.
    Craig Field was the f.ing worst[hr]
    Field lol-surely he beats those
     
  6. WESTIE

    WESTIE Well-Known Member

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    andy goodway..anybody ? is it true he was a pommie international and basically couldnt crack it for firsts at manly ?
    what about james leuluai ?
     
  7. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Cast the mind back to 21 September 1997. Craig Field put us in the GF.

    I am not defending him, but his field goal against the Chooks gave us a 17-16 win and the premiership that Newcastle stole away. He did play 55 matches over 3 seasons scoring 119 points.

    The three I mentioned played less than 60 matches in a combined 5 seasons.
     
  8. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

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    Best buys - Fulton, Ben Kennedy, Matt Orford, Cliffy,

    Bad buys - Andy Goodway, Ian Barkley, Darren Rodgers, David Vealiki, Ashley Alberts, Jye Mullane
     
  9. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Goodway played 8 games for us in 1985, we had a crap year. From memory he joined us part way through the year and had some injuries, he did play 23 games for England.
     
  10. Clay

    Clay Well-Known Member

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    Some of the worst that come to mind are
    Jason Ferris
    Tasesa Lavea
    Brett Kimmorly (although at the time I was stoked when this was announced)
    bringing Terry Hill out of retirement in 2005

    Edit: and who ever the hell thought it was a good idea to sign Michael Bani :s
     
  11. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Chris Bailey goes down as a bad one
     
  12. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Tezza falls into both category's the 1st time he came to us was one of the premier centers in the game.
    2nd time well let's not go there
     
  13. quinny

    quinny Member

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    Couldn't give a toss about his stats-he played **** footy for us, which comes from my memory, not a big league almanac.
    His field goal was the only thing he will be remembered for-when we signed him he was the hottest halfback prospect around town. He gets an F in my book.
    Dorahy and Higgs were well past their best and Cox was a union pussy who couldn't (or should I say wouldn't) tackle.
     
  14. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Best - Des Hasler

    Worst - Des Hasler

    :p
     
  15. Earnie the Eagle

    Earnie the Eagle Well-Known Member

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  16. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The hottest prospect in town?? Your memory has let you down he had had 7 years in first grade at Souths and was 25 or 26 years old. He was sacked by Souths as captain and walked out. Not sure why he came to Manly with Lyons and Toovey here.

    There was a bloke at Newcastle playing No 7 who might have better claims as the hottest prospect in town.
     
  17. mickyj

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    Kevin Ward needs a mention.
    As should Dennis Ward.
     
  18. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Steve Norton and Gary Stephens were really good buys and Phil Lowe was exceptional.
     
  19. Cameron

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    Best in my time
    Cliffy
    Bk
    Mark Carroll & Dave gillespie

    Worst
    Chris Bailey
    Craig field
    Matt Burke in the 80s[hr]
    I remember when he came to manly in 86 cox firstly keep cliffy out of first grade and them pushed him to lock.

    Never forget the knock out final in that year we lead balmain 12 nil napper gets sent off and our season was over.
     
  20. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    Best big name signing, Jamie Lyon,just keeps getting better and better and leads by example.
    Worst big name signing, Kevin Iro, extremely disappointing considering all the hype around him.
     

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