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Josh looks forward at Manly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    From today's Manly Daily. They have a pic of Josh with the following "Manly's marquee signing for 2008, Josh Perry, is looking forward to getting back to playing his best football with the Sea Eagles. " Marquee signing?

    John Greco
    13Nov07

    NEW Manly prop Josh Perry has declared he is ready to resurrect his representative career by starring for the Sea Eagles in 2008.

    Perry made one appearance for NSW in 2003 but a run of injuries and a drop in form has meant the Newcastle junior has failed to add to his tally.

    After a difficult time at the Knights last season, Perry is confident his best football is still ahead of him and believes working with new coach Des Hasler will help his return to the representative arena.

    ``It's definitely a goal of mine . . . it was too long ago now,'' Perry said after half of the Sea Eagles squad began pre season training at Narrabeen yesterday.

    ``I want to get back to rep footy and I'm really focused on playing my best for Manly. Playing Origin again is something I spoke to Des (Hasler) about before I came here. I've got a lot of faith in Des as a coach and I know he's got a lot of faith in me.

    ``I think the next three years will be my best and hopefully I can get that Blue jersey back.''

    First the 26-year-old will just be hoping to crack a spot in the Sea Eagles engine room that already boasts representative quality in Kangaroo prop Brent Kite and Jason King.

    Manly will also be expecting local junior Adam Cuthbertson to continue his development in 2008 while forgotten prop George Rose is making steady progress from a broken leg.

    ``It's half of the reason I came here,'' Perry said. ``I want to better myself and I know I'm going to have to be playing my best just to get into the 17 let along the starting line up.

    ``There's so many good forwards here it's only going to be good for me and the team.

    ``It's not going to be easy but it's a good move for me and probably what I need.''

    Asked the most exciting thing about his move to the peninsula, Perry said: ``It will be good to get back into that winning culture. Just the whole feel about the place is a lot different compared to what happened at Newcastle last year.''
     
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Marquee on the basis of being an origin player I guess. Personally I think he will have a decent season and be a good insurance policy should Princess prove to be a one-season wonder.
     
  3. toovs

    toovs Member

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    i think he will be in the starting side sooner then he thinks and will have a great year maybe push williamson out of the side with a bit of luck
     
  4. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    I think Perry will be known as one of the buys of the year. He seems like a really classy guy OFF the field as well.

    toovs - I seriously hope our starting backrow will be Choc / Beaver / Stewart. I hated Willow starting TBH. I also think there is enough depth that a workhorse is no longer a necessary evil in our side. I mean, with that backrow I have said, the bench could be:-

    14. Mark Bryant / George Rose / Heath Le'Strange
    15. Josh Perry (definite)
    16. Adam Cuthbertson (definite)
    17. Glenn Hall / Jack Afamasaga / Luke Williamson

    my preferred bench would be:-

    14. Heath Le'Strange
    15. Josh Perry
    16. Adam Cuthbertson
    17. Glenn Hall

    I also think Des will go with a utility type player this year with Monaghan out of the team.
     
  5. toovs

    toovs Member

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    i hope your right ryan don,t know how many games i can watch with williamson playing
     
  6. Stuey Davis Socks

    Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    While the adage is "you can never have too many props", we may be pushing it to the nth degree next year. We have:

    King
    Kite
    Perry
    Bryant
    Hall
    Afamasanga
    Rose

    Assuming Perry regains fitness & form, I would start with King & Perry & play Kite in the 2nd row. Stewart would lock the scrum while Beaver would play off the bench in a utility role. Sayonara Willo.

    My bench would be:

    Hall
    Beaver
    Le Strange
    Rose/Bryant/Afamasanga
     
  7. Stuey Davis Socks

    Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sorry forgot Cuthbo, re would replace Rose/Bryant/Afamasanga on the bench.
     
  8. silver

    silver Active Member

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    Although it appears we have quite a few props now, I would not sat all are good enoughto win us a title. The way our bench played in the GF was abysmall. I am till not convinced Byant and Jack Alphabet has enough impact or go forward to do the job required. As for Gourgeous George, his lateral movement in defence is still my concern. King (if he can do 2 good seasons in a row), Kite, Perry and Hall are my top 4 ....

    As for Williamson, I still cannot see what the coaching staff see in him and sign him for another 2 years, should have thrown that extra money at Burns!!!!
     

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