Leary and John aiming to impress coach Barrett
February 23, 2016 4:57pm
Andrew Prentice Manly Daily
Sea Eagles players Blake Leary and Isaac John are also flatmates and live in Manly.
THEY are the two Sea Eagles desperate for a regular opportunity in the NRL wearing maroon and white.
Blake Leary and Isaac John are not only teammates, they also happen to live together.
Speaking at the Royal Far West School in Manly on Tuesday where the pair handed over supporter packs alongside hulking winger Jorge Taufua, self-confessed funnyman Leary declared his flatmate is always entertaining.
“All the boys call him (John) the yellow lid, because he keeps recycling my jokes,” the utility told the Manly Daily in between fits of laughter.
“I used to live with Justin Horo, so when he moved overseas last October (to play with Catalans Dragons in the English Super League) I wondered who I was going to live with.
“Isaac joined the club and it was a no brainer, we actually knew one another already via mutual friends.
“He is reasonably tidy and goes OK in the kitchen.
“He is definitely the chef of the place.”
Sea Eagles utility Blake Leary.
Fellow journeyman John, who has represented the New Zealand Warriors, Wakefield and Penrith, is enjoying his time on the peninsula, especially living under the same roof as Leary.
“Blake is a laugh-a-minute,” the Kiwi international said.
“Honestly, he thinks he is hilarious.
“Like me he is very laid-back. We chat about most things, but never footy.
“I guess he is like the older brother when it comes to our place, but he needs to work on his breath, it isn’t great.”
John faces an uphill battle to force his way into the Manly halves, but is more than happy to work closely with new coach Trent Barrett as well as first choice pivot and halfback Dylan Walker and Daly Cherry-Evans.
“Walks and Chez are quality players, I just need to keep the pressure on them,” he said.
“I came to Manly seeking an opportunity, and if I play good footy I am sure that chance will come my way.”
Meanwhile, fullback Brett Stewart and winger Tom Trbojevic are tipped to line up in the club’s season opener next Friday against the Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval.
Stewart injured his hamstring in Saturday’s 58-0 victory against Ipswich and Mona Vale Raiders junior Trbojevic rolled his ankle.
On Wednesday night, Stewart, captain Jamie Lyon, centre partner Steve Matai and former prop Brent Kite will be inducted as club life members at the Sea Eagles’ season launch at Luna Park from 6pm.