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Unwanted Horo starring for Manly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Eagle Has Landed, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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    Unwanted by NRL wooden-spooners Parramatta, Justin Horo was preparing to spend 2013 playing park football in France and back-packing around Europe.

    Instead, he's gearing up for his first ever finals appearance as an integral member of Manly's high-quality back-row.

    It's a career rebirth that says as much about Horo's ability as the Eels' questionable recruitment and retention policy - that a player of his ilk was not wanted by a club that is about to run last for the second year in a row.

    Eels fan will be given a stark reminder of what might have been on Saturday night, when Horo returns to Parramatta Stadium for the first time since his departure from the club.

    Dumped to the NSW Cup by the Eels coach Stephen Kearney after the opening round of the 2012 season - Horo was then told he had no future at the Eels by incoming coach Ricky Stuart.

    "There were some tough times there, I had a few little niggling injuries that didn't help as well," Horo said of his last season at the Eels.

    "When they told me I wasn't needed it was a tough time, a dark time for me there.

    "I was speaking to few clubs ... nothing was really sorted at Manly until the Friday before the Monday start of pre-season.

    "There was a time there where I was training by myself.

    "I didn't know what was going on."

    After a deal to head to Melbourne fell through, Horo was left contemplating his future in the game at age 26.

    "One of my mates went over and was playing (in the) French rugby league - I had an opportunity to go over there two or three years ago before I made my debut," Horo said.

    "I probably would have got on the phone and rang him to see if there was opportunity over there and do a bit of travelling and enjoy being in my mid-20s.

    "It's worked out for the best now."

    Not only for Horo but for Manly too, the Auckland-born NZ Maori representative proving the perfect - and much cheaper - replacement for Tony Williams.

    His two tries against Wests Tigers on Monday night took his season tally to eight - his performances earning him a new two-year contract which he is expected to sign this week.

    And while he admits to feeling for the plight of his former Eels teammates, Horo said there would be no let-up on Saturday night.

    "I'm close with the boys, I speak to them regularly," Horo said.

    "I know they're going through a tough time there.

    "They're going to be desperate next week when we play them - no friends when it comes to next week that's for sure."
     
  2. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The 'scope is on fire at the moment. He has been a great acquisition for us this year and I really hope the talk of him signing on again next year comes to fruition.
     
  3. The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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    Buy of the year I reckon with Lawrence coming in a close second.
     
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  4. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Don't forget about Tom Symonds to round up the season's great buys for Manly.
     
  5. The Prince of Brookvale

    The Prince of Brookvale Member

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    T-Rex, Lussick, Harrison & Oldfield have also been great for their respective clubs :D
     
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  6. Killer03

    Killer03 Well-Known Member

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    It seems to be a great quality of the Manly club that we can take unwanted players and turn them into such quality players. The list over the last 10 years would be enormous.
     
  7. MPC75

    MPC75 Well-Known Member

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    The Storm and Manly would be leading the way in this department for sure. It all relates back to culture. Our great club has the best culture in the league, closely followed by the storm. No surprising the 2 teams have been the most successfull over the last few years. A strong culture brings out the best in these bargain buys.
     
  8. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The thing I enjoy most about watching Horo play is how well he runs the "courage line"!
     
  9. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Ahem. The storm do NOT have a culture !
     
  10. The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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    They have a cheating culture :dodgy:
     
  11. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Its just an insult to those of us (Manly) who know about culture.

    Cant help but picture Bellamy in that farcical, charade, walk out in front of the media when the rorts were exposed. The term cheating doesnt really cut it with the scum.
     
  12. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Would like to thank the eels for their brilliant move in letting Horo go. And for all the other great players they let us sign.

    What a sensation he has been this year. Loving his combo with Foz.
     
  13. MPC75

    MPC75 Well-Known Member

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    Love them or hate them, they still have a strong culture. That's why they won the comp last year. How many unwanted players were in that team? there was a few
     
  14. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly is the only club with a genuine club culture that no other club can match. It comes from constantly employing ex long term players as coaches. These guys have lived and breathed the club during their playing days and then they pass it on to their players. It stems right back to the days when Arko went from player to coach and it has been that way ever since. The few coaches we've had that didn't come from within had little to no success. It's what makes Manly unique in the NRL. No other club can say that.
     
  15. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree about "unwanted players"

    But I disagree about that meaning culture.

    The storm (to date) have been nothing more than a team propped up by their owners & yet still have the need to explore every dishonourable tactic that scum coach can devise to try to gain advantage over honest hard toiling teams like ours.

    Culture.....far**in ppppffftttttt.
     
  16. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    No other club can boast this. Every Manly grand final team in our history has been coached by an ex Manly player or a captain/coach.
    Wally O'Connell, Ken Arthurson, George Hunter, Ron Willey, Frank Stanton, Ray Ritchie, Bob Fulton, Des Hasler and soon to be Geoff Toovey.
     
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  17. OneEyedEagle

    OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It sure helps when you have spare brown paper sandwich bags in the case of the drizzle scum.
     
  18. Daddycool08

    Daddycool08 Well-Known Member

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    So in another thread we are discussing if 2V is a good coach. Would this point out that he is? We got rid of some less than perfect high-priced players in the main and replaced them with these guys.

    2V would have had a lot of input into that I suspect.
     
  19. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    I heard it mentioned that Doesn'tMatta is paying part of Horo's salary this season. If it's true, how great is that?
    They reckon he couldn't play and are paying us to prove he can. Brilliant.
    No wonder they win so many spoons.
     
  20. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

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    I can't bag Parra. They are a strong Feeder Team for us!

    Horro, Ferris, Killer, I'm sure there are more..... Thank you
     

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