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Brayden Musgrove

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According to Mole:
SEA EAGLES LOSE YOUNG GUN
Manly have suffered a setback with new signing Brayden Musgrove set to quit the club before he even plays a game in his new colours.
Word out of the northern peninsula is that Musgrove, a promising centre/winger from Newcastle, is having trouble settling into the Sydney lifestyle and has a bad case of homesickness.
The Sea Eagles signed Musgrove after he performed solidly in the Canterbury Cup this year, having overcome a serious knee injury.
The 21-year-old hails from Cessnock - the same town that produced Knights legends Andrew and Matthew Johns.
He doesn't have a contract with the Knights for 2020 but may be thrown a lifeline by the club.
What’s the real story? I regularly drive from northern beaches to cessnock and maitland for work. It is a really easy drive. Much easier than Penrith to narrabeen for example.
 

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On BSB this morning Bulldog Ritchie said pre season training under Des has found him out a bit - ie a lot harder than up in Newcastle under Nathan Brown. That is why he is home sick....

Brown and Barrett must come from the same school of St George hard work
 

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On BSB this morning Bulldog Ritchie said pre season training under Des has found him out a bit - ie a lot harder than up in Newcastle under Nathan Brown. That is why he is home sick....

Brown and Barrett must come from the same school of St George hard work
If so not the right fit for our squad better to let him go.
 

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It's a huge change for people from the Hunter to move to Sydney as it's a completely different lifestyle to what they are used to, especially at a young age. I have two nieces who moved down to study at Uni and one lasted 2 years and the other three years, but neither were happy during their time and it was a struggle to get them to complete their course (one didn't but finally did in Newcastle).

If you are young and have never been away from family and there is no family locally to where you are going, it would be extremely difficult for some people. If Zane (I'm assuming) had a girlfriend and she didn't choose to move with him, that would be an issue also.

I have a nephew who was chosen by the Broncos development group and spent just 3 months up there before he became homesick as an 18yo and came back. He then decided that Rugby League was not something he was going to make too much money out of and he realised it was just a bit of fun for him Yes he is very talented as a RL player but not really NRL level. He has a successful business career and while he still plays at a high level, he is very content with his life and his business is his focus.

We have to remember how old these guys are and if they've never been away from home and have a tight family the level of impact it makes on them. Just look at how many of our players still choose to live not on the Northern Beaches and commute each day.
 

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It's a huge change for people from the Hunter to move to Sydney as it's a completely different lifestyle to what they are used to, especially at a young age. I have two nieces who moved down to study at Uni and one lasted 2 years and the other three years, but neither were happy during their time and it was a struggle to get them to complete their course (one didn't but finally did in Newcastle).

If you are young and have never been away from family and there is no family locally to where you are going, it would be extremely difficult for some people. If Zane (I'm assuming) had a girlfriend and she didn't choose to move with him, that would be an issue also.

I have a nephew who was chosen by the Broncos development group and spent just 3 months up there before he became homesick as an 18yo and came back. He then decided that Rugby League was not something he was going to make too much money out of and he realised it was just a bit of fun for him Yes he is very talented as a RL player but not really NRL level. He has a successful business career and while he still plays at a high level, he is very content with his life and his business is his focus.

We have to remember how old these guys are and if they've never been away from home and have a tight family the level of impact it makes on them. Just look at how many of our players still choose to live not on the Northern Beaches and commute each day.
100% correct (except we’re talking about Brayden, not Zane).

Would also add that everything you’ve mentioned is compounded if there is some sort of issue - health or otherwise - with a family member. Which may or may not be the case, and is nobody’s business but Brayden and his family’s, either way.
 

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My apologies to all.... Brayden

So, your 20 to 21 years of age and you get the chance of a lifetime and just throw it all away?

He wasn't given the chance of a lifetime, he was already way behind Suli, Parker, Elliot and Funa. And then you have Burbo, Schuster and Hoppa. I think the Manly group are pretty tight and it may have been hard to break in, when many of his age in the team still live out west. So, 7 trying for centre and maybe he just felt it wasn't going to happen. Who knows?

When you actually look at the centre options we have, it's somewhat hard to understand why they signed him anyway and if Des and Crusher really wanted him, he wouldn't be going home.
 

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He wasn't given the chance of a lifetime, he was already way behind Suli, Parker, Elliot and Funa. And then you have Burbo, Schuster and Hoppa. I think the Manly group are pretty tight and it may have been hard to break in, when many of his age in the team still live out west. So, 7 trying for centre and maybe he just felt it wasn't going to happen. Who knows?

When you actually look at the centre options we have, it's somewhat hard to understand why they signed him anyway and if Des and Crusher really wanted him, he wouldn't be going home.
Add to that list Sam Smith...just sayin'
 

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Naturally could be a range of reasons for his decision or preference to seek a release . Maybe the prospect of most likely spending the majority or all of next season with Black Town was a major consideration also . Probably was just on a minimal contract level but would still free up some additional cap money so hopefully this can then be directed for other worthwhile cap - player options . The Manly management did not seem overly concerned with the outcome .
 

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What"s the go with suggestions of young Schuster being tried as a centre ? Maybe i have missed something but i really can not recall one instance of him ever playing there , in the Manly juniors at least ., Talented kid of course and not denying his versatility but would only expect him to be developed as a back rower going forward and ideally long term at the Sea Eagles .
 

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What"s the go with suggestions of young Schuster being tried as a centre ? Maybe i have missed something but i really can not recall one instance of him ever playing there , in the Manly juniors at least ., Talented kid of course and not denying his versatility but would only expect him to be developed as a back rower going forward and ideally long term at the Sea Eagles .
Ridiculous to suggest Schuster is anything but a lock, or a five eighth. He's a big unit with all the skills so I liken him to a Malcolm Reilly type. Hopefully he develops to be something close to the great Manly/English player. I'm doubtful that as he climbs the grades he would be as good at five-eight as he doesn't seem to have blinding acceleration. So, lock is the position I see him playing - and I'm excited by his potential.
 

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Ridiculous to suggest Schuster is anything but a lock, or a five eighth. He's a big unit with all the skills so I liken him to a Malcolm Reilly type. Hopefully he develops to be something close to the great Manly/English player. I'm doubtful that as he climbs the grades he would be as good at five-eight as he doesn't seem to have blinding acceleration. So, lock is the position I see him playing - and I'm excited by his potential.
100% true - this youngster creates magic and is a 1-2 receiver...he can make the break with strength, footwork and speed, but his key ingredient is some of the silkiest handling skills and vision you are likely to find in a youngster....centre would be a total waste of his main attributes.
 
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