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UFO Hunter
Only 4 months away (back so soon) from the annual silly season. Player negotiations and signings. Jot down a few players you would like to see manly approach and perhaps sign this season?

Mine are two boys from Melbourne. Billy Slater, Matt Orford, although highly unlikley, both will come at a premium price.


Kim Jong Dan
Staff member
Tipping Member
good question.
Previously i would have liked to have orford back, but I think monas is doing very well and growing into a good half back.
Dunley has shown him self as a great hooker and we have Randall and Balling nipping at his tail for the spot so there is plenty of backup s and time left.

As for slater any team would want him there, but brett is just as good for mine, and you seperate billy from Ordord he loses a bit of his effectiveness.

In my opinion we need to work on outside backs and also keep adding to our forward pack, once BK goes we need similar maturity and experience there to keep the pack going forward.

I would honestly look at some of the top quality forwards ont eh amrket as well as a few outside backs.

Hill will be gone and snagging someone like Cross would be good

The Wheel

Premium Member
Good point Daniel - beaver and BK will both probably retire at the end of next season so a good back up to them would be required.

My thinking is that Jamie Lyon will be the blue chip back at the end of 2006 so a top line forward maybe the target this year.


Kim Jong Dan
Staff member
Tipping Member
Who is on the market.

I would love to see shrek back in the maroon and white.
SBW maybe but I would prefer older heads.

Shrek would be my target if he is on the market


UFO Hunter
Im pretty sure he signed another 2 year deal last season with the bulldogs. However, I would also like to see a forward take the place that is currently being choped and changed between Harris and King. I dont feel they fit the new mould so well.


No doubt Slater would. But would he like to play there, and how does his defence hold up? King would be cheaper, and is a specialist.


UFO Hunter
Good point volley slater is a fullback at heart and i wouldn't want to scrap stewart from his pet position whilst showing so much promise. King is great player too!


Journey Man
Matt King should be our number 1 target.

On the footy show on sunday they put up some prices next to players - orford was 400K but King was jsut 180K - an absolute bargain considering where we are and what we need.

I could also live happily with slater on the wing and Hicks as a centre although i prefer hicks on the wing.

imagine stewart, donald, king, hicks , slater , witt, monahan as your backline - what speed


First Grader
I dont want any over valued pretty boys like SBW. Keep Monas he will be very well established with Manly by the end of the year.

Can anyone get hold of a list of off contract players?


Reserve Grader
Slater isn't off contract..... re-signed a 2 or 3 year deal last year.

Matt King and Jason Cayless are the two blokes I would love to see at the club. King will strengthen our 3/4 line big time and Cayless will add another element to our pack.

I think re-signing Monas, Kylie and Hecks is crucial. I don't know how correct this list is either.

Berrigan might be worth a look so to Lolesi

For forward depth; O'Hara

Here is a list of off-contract players:

Kylie Leuluai
Mailangi Styles
Phil Morwood
Michael Monaghan
Chad Randall
Daniel Heckenberg
Nathan Hollingsworth
Luke Ricketson
Brett Finch
Chris Walker
Chris Flannery
Craig Wing
Gavin Lester
Heath L'Estrange
Jason Cayless
Ned Catic
Stuart Webb
David Shillington
Troy Malcom
Kererua Savage
Frank Winterstein
George Rose
Grant Millington
James Aubusson
James Shillington
McConkie Tauasa
Michael Lett
Reece Bailey
Sam Perrett
Adam Schubert
Aidan Kirk
Anthony Watts
Baden Hall
Ben Hannant
Brad Baldry
Casey Conway
Grant Rovelli
Iosia Soliola
Jack Reis
James Aubusson
Luke Fahy
Matthew Hall
McConkie Tauasa
Michael Burns
Nigel Plum
Peewee Moke
Sam Maniet
Saxon Holland
Stanley Waqa
Steve Meredith
Tom Hillard
Troy Malcom
Wayne Bond
Matt Jobson
Jeff Lima
Robert Miles
Chris Heighington
Matt Rieck
Joel Caine
Edwin Asotasi
Luke Bailey
Luke Dalziel-Don
Sam Faust
Aaron Gorrell
Clint Greenshields
Michael Henderson
Daniel Holdsworth
Brett Kelly
Wes Naiqama
Bryan Norrie
Corey Payne
Aaron Wheatley
Nick Youngquest
Shannon Stitt
Chris Enahoro
Bryan Fletcher
Ashley Harrison
Scott Geddes
David Fa'alogo
Shane Walker
Luke Stuart
Glenn Hall
Luke MacDougall
Scott Logan
Shane Marteene
Todd Polglase
Dean Byrne
Willie Peters
Brad Watts
Garth Wood
Matt Riddle
Nathan Marles
Troy Boston
Aaron Firman
Joe Falemaka
John Manu
Shannon Donato
Frank Puletua
Nathan Gilchrist
Michael Burke
Ryan Rolfe
Trent Clayton
David McLean
Jono Rolfe
Luke Lewis - re-signed until 2008
Garret Crossman
Matthew Pow
Paul Franze
Shanelle Haumono
Brett Howland
Michael Vella
Daniel Wagon
John Morris
Eric Grothe
Matt Peterson
Dean Widders
Chris Muckert
Luke O'Dwyer
Jack Afamasaga
Matthew Nicholas
Keiran Kerr
Neil Sweeny
Rod Jensen
Brenton Bowen
Jacob Lillyman
Drew Campbell
Mitchell Sargent
Steve Southern
Luke O'Donnell
Jaimen Lowe
Dean Payne
Chris Sheppard
David Myles
Michael Luck
Paul Rauhihi
Cam Wilkinson
Michael Fairweather
David Faiumu
Clint Amos
Mark Dalle Cort
Matt Bowen
Shane Muspratt
Jason Barsley
Vinnie Anderson - in England
Grant Wooden - returned to wynnum manly
Todd Maddison
Daniel Abraham
Danny Buderus
Mark Hughes
Josh Perry
Steven Witt
Reegan Tanner
Craig Hall
Andrew Price
Todd Lowrie
Luke Quigley
Anthony Quinn
Matt Orford
Matt King
Steven Bell
Sione Finefeuiaki - With Another Club
Matt Geyer
Antonio Kaufusi
Robbie Kearns
Peter Robinson
Glen Turner
Shaun Berrigan
Darren Mapp
Corey Parker
Michael Ryan
David Stagg
Shane Webcke
Tonie Carroll
Stuart Kelly
Tom Learoyd
Derrick Watkins
Tim Rangihuna
Jamie Simpson
John-John Te Reo
Steve Franciscus
Matt Adamson
Steve Fransiscus
Ian Hindmarsh
Adam Mogg
Ryan O'Hara
Clinton Schifcofske
Tyran Smith
Jason Smith
Brett Oliver
Tony Grimaldi
Willie Mason
Braith Anasta
Sonny Bill Williams
Willie Tonga - I thought he re-signed?
Jammal Lolesi
Corey Hughes
Nathan Miles
Adam Perry
Cameron Phelps
Trevor Thurling
Beau Robinson
Adam Brideson
David Peachey
Paul Mellor

The Wheel

Premium Member
It should be mentioned that Matt King actually played junior rep footy for manly when his brother was playing first grade (Andrew King - fullback in late 90s).


Kim Jong Dan
Staff member
Tipping Member
I reckon any of the bulldogs or storm 1st grade players off contract


Reserve Grader
Billy Slater is the Phil Blake Of our Era , and we know what happened to him , Brett Stewarts Defence is better than Hunt & Slater , Matt King Ran around Hunt like he wasnt even there , I also agree after watching that Bronco's Game That Lockyers & Tates Defence is nearly as bad as Walker & Hodges from last year


Journey Man
I would like to see ashley harrison or steve southern.

also steve bell would be good too.

tom learoyd wouldnt be bad at all.


First Grader
Blunty thanks mate.

If you don't mind i'll make that list a thread on its own which I can try to keep updated. I'll keep it a sticky which always lives at the top.

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