Anthony Seibold is the Sea Eagles new Minister for Defence
November 24, 2015 4:10pm
Jon GeddesManly Daily
ANTHONY Seibold is the man set to take the Sea Eagles into the eye of the Storm next season.
Manly’s new assistant coach, who will be in charge of the team’s defensive structures, has joined the club after four seasons working under Craig Bellamy at Melbourne.
Seibold said that Manly’s defence has to be a priority in the build-up to the 2016 campaign, along with an emphasis on mental toughness.
“In a lot of the key performance indicators for the 2015 season, Manly were in the bottom eight with regards to our defensive actions,’’ Seibold said.
“We need to work really hard on our defence during the pre-season.”
He said some new structures have been put in place that will take time for the players to adjust to.
“We need to put the players under some duress during the pre-season, whether that be with repeat effort conditioning or in the first contact,’’ he said.
Prior to becoming a coach Seibold played in the NRL with Brisbane and Canberra before having stints at the London Broncos and Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League.
“I was very selective in choosing who I wanted to be my assistants and one thing I wanted was for someone to come out of a system that was very strong defensively,’’ Manly head coach Trent Barrett said.
“He is very confident with the contact and he has got some really good philosophies with what he does.”
Barrett said every team that has won the NRL premiership for the past five to 10 years has been the best defensive side, with the probable exception being the 2005 Wests Tigers.
“You really need to base your game around your defence. I know we can attack, that won’t be a problem, but we have got to stop them as well. That’s Anthony’s role.”