Jamie stated he left Parra because he couldn't wear the number 9 and would be then relegated to the bench. He then joined Manly as a #9 and played 18 months in the U20s before he was moved to the back row (lock) and was made Captain at the beginning of his year with Foz and DCE. I have been of the belief that he will be the ultimate replacement for Ballin but after the Cowboys semi last year, I wondered whether we had another Brown;Krillich situation occurring again. Apparently he is the second fastest over 40m at the club, which is hard to believe, but looking at the length of his stride, which gives him the speed, it could be quite accurate, especially the break he made from dummy half against the Cowboys in the semi final. If he can learn to kick, this young guy could be the greatest hooker to have have ever played for Manly and will be a future superstar. But then again, with Foran and DCE outside of him does he need to kick? Yes, the difference between the great hookers and the also ran's is now their ability to put the opposition on the back foot through uncertainty about what they are going to do (cite; Smith, Farrar and Buderus). Matty Ballin is a great player and his delivery (from dummy half) and defence in unequalled at the moment in the team and he's extremely loyal, but Buhrer I believe in the future will add the X factor and I also believe that's what is in 2V's plans and probably Des's, had he stayed. If Joey/DCE or Foz1 can teach Buhrer to kick, we will have the most devistating 9, 6,7 and 1 (providing snake stays) in the comp, plus our back row (if T-Rex stays). How we'll keep them all, I'm not sure but 3rd party sponsorship is a big bonus and as the team becomes more attractive to many of its currently 'quiet' supporters (some who I know) to be associated with after the last few years, it all looks good. Go Forest, make the most of your time and give it to those Maroon egotists!