Corey Waddell to gain a spot in the 17 for Rd 1

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  1. Mitch

    By:MitchMar 10, 2019
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    After watching the last trial against the Roosters I couldn’t agree more with this - stand out performer for me and happy to see he’ll be rewarded. If Snake is impressed by him, I’m happy to take his opinion!

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...h/news-story/a62a88f935390b31f8f5c4cfde821637

    He’s the son of one former rugby league forward and evokes memories of another champion back-rower.

    Now he is the first bolter for the NRL season.

    Manly coach Des Hasler will play Corey Waddell in the Sea Eagles’ round-one match against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

    With forwards Kelepi Tanginoa and Taniela Paseka unavailable through injury, Hasler will add second-rower Waddell into Manly’s top 17 following his impressive trial form and praise from former Test star Noel Cleal and Manly great Brett Stewart, who likens him to champion big man Ben Kennedy.

    Waddell, 22, is a Penrith junior who played in the Panthers’ 2015 premiership-winning under-20s team and the club’s 2017 NSW Cup premiership-winning side.

    Corey’s father, Steve, played 89 games for Penrith and Illawarra between 1988 and 1997. He died of a heart attack in 2012 when Corey was just 15.

    Cleal, Manly’s recruitment guru, played against Steve, a hardened, uncompromising prop.

    “Steve was a tough competitor — what was in the cat has come out in the kitten,” Cleal said. “Corey is a tough kid.

    “He is a bit of a surprise packet because it’s not as though he is a household name but he has gained the respect of all the blokes at Manly.”

    Waddell hurt his pectoral in a trial match last season and missed half the year.

    Aware Penrith had strong depth in the back row, Waddell joined Manly this season — a decision which will hand him an NRL debut.

    “Corey was one of the first blokes that caught my eye at training,” said the legendary Stewart, who is now part of Manly’s coaching staff.

    “He has that running style of Ben Kennedy. That’s who I compare him to anyway. He has that toughness about him.

    “He was the first guy I asked about at training.

    “I am at Manly mainly helping the back five but I watch all the opposed stuff and he just has that footy brain. I think he will tighten things right up for Dessie. Defensively we have probably been a bit loose in the last couple of years.

    “Corey is only 22 years old but he looks more mature than that. He looks like he’s going to have a big year. He is a good kid who looks really fit and is willing to learn and work.”

    Waddell remembers his dad before every game.

    “I have this photo on my phone of my dad from his playing days that was taken from an old footy card,’’ Waddell told the Sea Eagles website.

    “It is very special to me.
     
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    • Batty

      By:BattyMar 10, 2019
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      I love Snake being involved with the club and coaching... Welcome back Manly.
       
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      • HappilyManly

        By:HappilyManlyMar 10, 2019
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        Sounds like Corey is the next Gifty with his footy brain :clap:
         
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          By:Pittwater LegendMar 10, 2019
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          Had a good feeling about this kid right from the start and he seems like a great guy. Let’s go Corey Waddell!
           
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            By:Nice BeaverMar 10, 2019
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            That great era we had was because we had a team of footballers, not athletes.

            So when one if those great footballers wraps a bloke like that, I am excited to see what he can offer.

            Good luck Corey- grab the opportunity and tear it up!!
             
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            • Mitch

              By:MitchMar 10, 2019
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              I really think he will grab the spot and be in and around the 17 all year. He was a standout at Penrith but didn’t get a shot due to injuries and the depth they had.
               
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                I’m really excited to see these new young fellas, hope they go well!!
                 
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                  By:The '47ersMar 10, 2019
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                  Supercoach gold, no wonder he left Penrith as it seems Gus hates Supercoach!
                   
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                    By:mickqldMar 10, 2019
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                    If he's half the player BK was then he'll tear it up in this era. Grab it Corey and never let the dream go. Good luck lad.
                     
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                    • The Wheel

                      By:The WheelMar 10, 2019
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                      I think he could be a real Smokey for us - we need a few to stand up and make difference. Corey can be one of them
                       
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                        How did it go from Snake being one oif our best players, to Barrett refusing to pick Snake, forcing him into retirement and now back at Manly coaching.

                        Barrett is a fukwitt.

                        Des is a legend man whisperer.
                         
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                        • Mark from Brisbane

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                          We certainly need some to stand up and become regular first graders , hoping him and Garrick might be that.
                           
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                            I think Paul Keating said it best "he's the **** coach we had to have".
                             
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                              Give him a few games to find his feet. We dont want to put too much pressure on these kids.With Des at the helm and his former Sea Eagles assistants, the only way forward is up!
                               
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                              Can we have one thread not hijacked with this stuff??

                              It really is getting old.
                               
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                                Yep, so 2018.

                                And it’s now 2019
                                 
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                                  #Nextweek we can argue about whether Des is the Messiah, or has lost the plot completely - based on one game, of course.
                                   
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                                    Does this mean another beck rower may push into front row to cover injuries, leaving room or has he just passed others in pecking order
                                     
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                                      Great bews
                                       
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                                        Corey was a clear standout in the Roosters trial.
                                        Best on ground in the first half, by far.

                                        Him and Cust were outstanding.

                                        It is great to actually see trials serving a purpose, and guys picked on form.
                                         
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