Parcell ready to deliver for Manly
September 23, 2015 3:08pm
By Mark Ashton
Matt Parcell is attracting plenty of wraps in Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup and next season he’s expected to deliver the goods for Manly in the NRL.
Parcell will join the Sea Eagles on a lucrative three year deal from next season and his sizzling form for Ipswich has seen the Jets move to within 80 minutes of their first premiership, justifying why Manly was so keen to secure his services.
“Manly have offered an opportunity that the Broncos couldn’t and I want to play in the NRL week in, week out and I didn’t have that opportunity at Brisbane,” Parcell said.
“I can’t wait to get down there. It’s a very exciting time and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Parcell has scored eight tries in three semi-finals for the Jets, including five in one game against Easts Tigers, but while he’s blessed with many qualities, possibly his greatest attribute is his versatility.
While a hooker by trade, Parcell can also play five-eighth or halfback and with Manly needing to replace Parramatta-bound Kieran Foran, he’s reluctant, but open to the idea of partnering Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves.
“Number 9 is where I want to play but I guess when I get down there we can talk about it more if we want to switch between positions,” he said.
“It’s up to Trent (Barrett) but at the moment hooker is my position.”
The 22-year-old admitted Trent Barrett was a major factor in his decision to move to Sydney’s northern beaches.
“I’m very excited to be coached by Trent and my game’s only going to benefit from being under him.”
“He’s got some ideas and some things I want to work so I can’t wait to get down there.”
Parcell has already tasted NRL football with Brisbane but with the Broncos well served in his positions Wayne Bennett gave his blessing for him to explore his options.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity he gave me. If it wasn’t for those six games I probably wouldn’t be in the position I am now,” he said.
“He just said take the opportunity and I think I have.”
Canterbury, Gold Coast and Cronulla reportedly showed interest but Parcell chose Manly and despite a difficult year he’s confident the Sea Eagles will re-emerge as premiership contenders in 2016.
“Over the last ten years they’ve been a really strong club. There’s a great culture there and I think with the squad we’ve got next year, definitely back into the finals.”