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Bob Fulton is giving wayward players a second chance at Manly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyArmy, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. ManlyArmy

    ManlyArmy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +936 / 23
    League Immortal Bob Fulton is building a halfway house at the Manly Sea Eagles to give troubled footy players a second chance.

    Part of his major rebuild on the northern peninsula involves restoring the lives of five young recruits either dumped from other clubs or banned by the integrity unit for off-field incidents.

    Addin Fonua-Blake 20, Willis Meehan 20, Liam Knight 21, Dylan Walker, 22 and Apisai Koroisau, 23 have all been involved in serious cases in the last 12 months.

    “My view is that players deserve one or two chances,” Fulton said, “Maybe three strikes and you’re out. You’ve got draw the line somewhere.

    “Why them out of the game for a mistake rather than put an arm around them and offer some professional help.”

    Rugby league has a number of success stories from rehabilitation.

    Parramatta’s Manu Ma’u spent two years in jail for assault and gang related crimes. His team mate Danny Wicks did time for drugs supply. St George Illawarra’s Russell Packer spent 12 months in prison for stomping on a man’s head

    Josh Dugan, Jake Friend and Blake Ferguson have all had their contracts torn up. But they eventually came good.

    “It’s a society thing, not just rugby league players,” Fulton said, “The expectations on them are very high. These kids come straight out of school and into the spotlight.

    “Once they sign an autograph they become a role model. We just hope our players can come through like what’s happened at other clubs.

    “Willis has been to court and he’s now doing the counselling. We’re hopeful like we are with the rest of the boys.”

    Despite his run ins with the NRL integrity unit, Fulton says they have been most supportive.

    “Nick Weeks likes what we’re doing and the great stuff other clubs like Penrith and Gus Gould have been doing,” he said.

    “Our CEO Joe Kelly is also passionate about helping the players rather than kicking them when they are down.”

    Fulton has always been a firm believer in forgiveness.

    You only have to look at the effort he out into getting John Hopoate cleared to coach the club’s junior SG Ball representative team earlier this season.

    “Of course Hoppa has made mistakes,” Fulton said, “but the bottom line is he’s learnt from them and now wants to contribute to the game.

    “There is nothing to achieve by throwing him out of the game.”

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp... dailytelegraphnrlndm (Daily Telegraph | NRL)
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  2. Turbo

    Turbo Well-Known Member

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    So does this mean Liam and Meehan will be here next year? I hope so Meehan was the best young forward in league a year a go. He deserves another chance. We are not going to need to buy forwards in the next couple of years with young guns like Knight, Meehan, Fonua-Blake and Of course Jake Trbojevic all carving up. Forwards future looking bright at manly
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  3. Slide

    Slide Active Member

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    Don't forget Luke Burgess too...oh, hang on...he's for sale; scrap that
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  4. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +8,870 / 99
    Don't forget Zane Tetevano ......... Oh hang on. He didn't get a second chance.
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  5. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    Got to love an embellished article...

    Knight got drunk and drove (who hasnt)
    Api got drunk and wound up in someones backyard for trespass (whoa)
    Walker just wanted to chill on some meds, took it too far (wow huge crime)

    Its really just Mehaan and Fonua-Blake who are genuine thugs. But yeah, Manly - 'home of the halfway house' lol whatever
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  6. Mr Manly 007

    Mr Manly 007 Active Member

    +211 / 4
    Zane Tetevano is playing for the Rorters feeder club Wyong currently.....
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  7. Midnight Rambler

    Midnight Rambler 'I'm all for a quiet life...'

    +291 / 13
    Fonua-Blake, Kapow, Meehan, Knight & Jake all in the same side? Now that would be a sight to behold.
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  8. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    They forgot Jamil Hopoate. who along with Blake and Meehan , are the criminal element that will attract problems to Manly :mad:
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  9. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Anywhere but Parramatta
    +5,132 / 99
    Taufua and his gold coast court case.
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  10. eagle66

    eagle66 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +271 / 11
    “Of course Hoppa has made mistakes,” Fulton said, “but the bottom line is he’s learnt from them and now wants to contribute to the game.

    Why did he had to reference "bottom line" and Hopoate in the same sentence? Will we ever forget?
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  11. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    We will end up being the grubbiest club at this rate.
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  12. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Hervey Bay
    +3,396 / 32
    Here's a recent signing
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  13. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,619 / 118
    It's a great way to get bargain talent, provided (1) they really are motivated to change and (2) they really are being provided with meaningful support.
    The main question mark I have is that the club in its current incarnation is pretty much an unknown as far as principle and positive supportive culture goes. Time will tell, I'm prepared to give it a chance to work.
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  14. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,719 / 96
    So, Fulton gets credit for selecting players of dubious character yet sacks a local cleanskin like Gutherson, who proved again last night that he would have been invaluable to us this season.
    Sorry, but this sickly PR push about this false messiah has to stop.
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  15. Nordburg

    Nordburg Well-Known Member

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    Fulton only bobs up in the media when things are going right and he's front and centre.Hes nowhere to be seen when troubles a brewin
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  16. Toddgothammered

    Toddgothammered Member

    God's country
    +64 / 5

    The sea Eagles halfway house theme song
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  17. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,719 / 96
    With Fulton so keen on selecting sinners I guess it means Mitchell Pearce will be the NSW halfback again this year.
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  18. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +11,498 / 254
    Does Corey Norman qualify for the Blues?
  19. nightster

    nightster grumpy old bastard

    grew up Manly now Byron
    +1,222 / 35
    hope to god he never becomes the Seaeagles halfback (Pearce)
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  20. eagleron

    eagleron Well-Known Member

    +930 / 7
    I think he's a queenslander
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