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Horo revelling at Manly after Eels dumping

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by swoop, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    The Sydney Morning Herald
    Breaking News SportNews

    Date March 4, 2013 AAP

    This time last year Justin Horo was preparing to face Brisbane in Parramatta's NRL season opener confident of being the successor to Nathan Hindmarsh as the Eels' back-row linchpin.

    Fast forward 12 months and once again he's getting ready to start against the Broncos on Friday but in a Manly shirt after being told he had no future in the blue and gold under new coach Ricky Stuart.

    The ball-playing lock, who still had a year remaining on his contract, admits he was stunned by the news, having rejected a huge offer from Newcastle to stay in 2010.

    "I was told with about three or four games to go at the end of the season that Ricky was going to go a different way," Horo told AAP.

    Advertisement "They said it'd be best to get my manager to find an opportunity elsewhere."

    His departure from the club where his father Mark played in the 1990s rounded off a year to forget for the young Kiwi.

    He was deeply affected by the sudden death of his cousin during a holiday in Thailand and was axed by coach Stephen Kearney just one week into the season.

    "I got dropped to the lower grades as Steve said there was a few things I needed to work on," he said.

    "I was told I wasn't gone for good, but after about three weeks playing for Wenty I got injured and spent 10 weeks in rehab.

    "I played a few times at the end of the season but it was hard to get any momentum."

    Horo insists he holds no hard feelings towards Stuart, but said the trigger-happy Parramatta board make it difficult for players seeking stability.

    Including interim coaches Jason Taylor and Brad Arthur, the Eels have gone through seven mentors in as many years with Brian Smith, Michael Hagan, Daniel Anderson and Kearney all being shown the door.

    Horo said many of his former teammates are unsure what the future holds.

    "Some of the boys have been signed by one coach, then another comes in and you're not sure where you stand.

    "I think it's going to be the case there again this year. Ricky is going to come in and decide who he wants and who he doesn't.

    "It's tough, but you have to learn, this is a business."

    Although disappointed at leaving the Eels Horo said he's enjoying life at the Sea Eagles and living on Sydney's northern beaches.

    "You never want to be chopping and changing clubs, but this could be a blessing in disguise for me," Horo said.

    Horo will face competition in the side from Tom Symonds, whose move from Sydney Roosters was finally completed on Monday.

    © 2013 AAP

    I wonder if Symonds might get a bench spot. He's fit and has been training with the rorters, just needs to learn the Manly offence and defensive structure I suppose. Can he do it in a week?

    TWO DOGS Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    I think Horo could be a great buy for us. He appears to have settled in well and I read today that Choc thinks he will be a winner.
  3. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Have had a good feeling about Horo ever since I heard he signed. I think he's in for a big season.
  4. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    He's a gun, could be the buy of the season
  5. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,482 /31
    Yep, I was pleasantly surprised we picked him up (probably at a bargain basement price)...I always thought he played well for Parra.

    I'm not bagging T-rex after the fact but I found the big blokes inconsistency hard to digest when his team mates were struggling...I'm hoping the forwards work more as a unit this year.


    +2,350 /118
    If he makes more than 10 tackles in 80 minutes his defence will be better than T REX's.
  7. The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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    I think our forward pack has more depth this year and Justin Horo will be a menace along with Fa'aoso and Lawrence.
    I never really liked T-Rex too slow and lazy for my liking.
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    • ManlyBacker

      ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

      +972 /7
      If he isn't good enough for Sticky then he is good enough for me. The Eels will get an initial lift and then completely struggle under his guidance. Good move Justin.
    • the mauler

      the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Trex last game against the Storm summed him up really. Talked it up, produced f*** all and was nowhere to be seen.
    • susan

      susan Well-Known Member

      +2,357 /56
      Its funny isn't it. We get absolutely flogged by the scum with Faoso playing great in the semis and winning a GF while Rex does sweet FA yet he is the greatest loss in the world and Faoso is not even mentioned as being on our books.
    • susan

      susan Well-Known Member

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      Just heard Brent Read from The Australian on Fox Sports saying he spent the day at Manly training and he said blokes like Chock and Foz were raving about Justin Horo. They say he is on fire working that left hand side where Rex was .Sounds like we may have a good one.
    • Berkeley_Eagle

      Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

      +2,125 /14
      Probably have a bigger heart too
    • susan

      susan Well-Known Member

      +2,357 /56
      My 9 year old daughter would have a bigger heart.There is nothing more frustrating than watching a bloke with sublime talent only using it when it suits him.Thats what separates the good from the great.
    • Stevo

      Stevo Well-Known Member

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      I reckon the funniest thing is that we Get Horo, Fa'aoso and Lawrence for probably pretty close to what T-rex is on at the bulldogs. Good riddance. Hasler is taking a pretty massive punt he can motivate the big lump.
      Fa'aoso himself has the same wrecking ball ability
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      • Hamster Huey

        Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

        +1,175 /9
        He may not be able to run over three blokes and drag two whenever he bothers feeling like it, but if he's consistantly running over one bloke and drag two, then we've got a better deal.

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