Jamie Lyon & Anthony Watmough sign long term contracts The Quantum Manly Sea Eagles have struck a mighty boost on the eve of the 2010 premiership by signing stars Jamie Lyon and Anthony Watmough to long term contracts. Lyon has followed on his joint captaincy role by signing until the 2013 season while local junior Watmough has knocked back several much bigger offers to remain with the Sea Eagles. The dual signing virtually ensures both Lyon and Watmough will finish their NRL careers at Manly. Lyon has put aside any thoughts of returning to the English Super League in the near future to remain on the northern beaches. Ã¢Â€ÂœMy family and I love it here. IÃ¢Â€Â™m looking forward to winning at least one or two more premierships at Manly, Ã¢Â€ÂLyon said. Watmough wants to emulate his former team mate Steve Menzies and be a one club player. Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t want to play against Manly. My mates are here, my children were born in the area and we have a team capable of winning again, Ã¢Â€ÂWatmough said. WatmoughÃ¢Â€Â™s four year deal gives him an opportunity of becoming a 250 first grade game player with the club which would place him alongside club legends like Cliff Lyons, Menzies, Geoff Toovey and coach Des Hasler. The signing of Watmough is an indication that Test backrower team mate Glenn Stewart is also close to signing a new deal. Ã¢Â€ÂœWatching Steve Menzies knock back offers to go elsewhere in the NRL made an impression on me and I want to go down the same path. Ã¢Â€ÂœPlaying before family and friends means a lot and I enjoy playing the style of football that Manly play, Ã¢Â€ÂWatmough said. Manly coach Des Hasler said the re signing of Lyon and Watmough was essential to ManlyÃ¢Â€Â™s immediate future. Ã¢Â€ÂœThey are internationals at the peak of their careers and it is essential that we retain these type of players so we can continue to attract other players to come into our system. Ã¢Â€ÂœTheir experience is invaluable too for the young players we have coming through, Ã¢Â€ÂHasler said. Manly CEO Graham Lowe said the dual signing had been much anticipated by members and fans. Ã¢Â€ÂœThey are two of our most popular players and it is encouraging that they didnÃ¢Â€Â™t want to go anywhere else. In my short time here I have been really impressed with the attitude of both players. Ã¢Â€ÂœOne is our co captain and one is showing signs of being a future leader. Both are among the best players in the world in their respective positions and will ensure Manly remain at or near the top for years to come, Ã¢Â€ÂLowe said.