The Australian November 20, 2014 12:00AM Stuart Honeysett PRE-SEASON training is the last place you expect to find happy faces but yesterday at Manly it looked like a fresh start was exactly what the club had been waiting for. After a turbulent 2014 season that saw favourite sons Glenn Stewart released to South Sydney and Anthony Watmough to Parramatta amid rumours of a civil war, the Sea Eagles returned to training at the Sydney Academy of Sport at North Narrabeen. Stewart and Watmough weren’t the only familiar faces missing from the squad, with former co-captain Jason King having retired, while it was left up to veteran forward Willie Mason to lead the charge for the new recruits, with Feleti Mateo and Siosaia Vave not taking part in the session. When asked yesterday whether it felt like a changing of the guard, Manly captain Jamie Lyon said it was always going to happen eventually. “Us guys are finishing up or retiring or been around a while, and getting a little bit older, so it was bound to happen,” he said. “It’s sad to see … our mates go but that’s footy.” The changing of the guard will continue on Monday when recently appointed chief executive Joe Kelly arrives for his first day of work. His biggest challenge will be to try to secure halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans, with Lyon acknowledging they will be hot property on the open market. “They’ve put in some good years of footy for Manly … so it’s going to be hard to keep them, but I’m sure the club will be doing everything they can to keep them here,’’ he said. Coach Geoff Toovey was confident the club would retain both star halves, although that could be a tough ask under the salary cap, with both players expected to command $1 million a season. One player who looked settled at training was Brett Stewart. The fullback had been tipped to follow brother Glenn out the door until the landscape changed recently. Stewart had expressed concerns about the direction in which the club was heading but that changed once the Penn family extended their ownership and Kelly replaced Dave Perry as chief executive. “He’s looking good,’’ Lyon said of Stewart. “He’s looking fast and fit like usual and he’s still his jovial self. Continue reading........ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/changing-of-guard-as-manly-front-up-with-fresh-faces-and-attitude/story-e6frg6n6-1227128798935 Nice to see a pic of Snake smiling at pre season training for the Mighty Sea Eagles.......this has made my day...!