Releasing the 2 young props may be an opportunity to give Weekes an upgrade the same as with Guac , Surely there are talks going on
As stated earlier, Weekes could be the successor to DCE, even as early as next year.
I know DCE is signed for a couple more years but the 'Fins could offer him a longer-term contract which would be a wise move for them and for DCE.
Has Weekes ever played halfback? I know he's played fullback or 5/8 but he seems a running player not an organiser. Can't recall ever seeing him kick, doesn't seem like a big talker either.Kaeo will get a shot at fullback in origin time and they may even slot him at 7 as well.
Yeah I believe a little not alot. Johns seems best choice and Kaeo at back.Has Weekes ever played halfback? I know he's played fullback or 5/8 but he seems a running player not an organiser. Can't recall ever seeing him kick, doesn't seem like a big talker either.
Johns will be halfback during Origin surely, and would do a good job.
I missed this, with the focus yesterday on Harper-will-they-or-won't-they (they did), but interesting to see Kaeo retained at 14 and despite Lawton fit again.My concern is not so much where to slot him at this stage. Time will find a place for him. Its encouraging him to stay and be patient. He'll be jumping out of his skin for a permanent spot and he'll know other clubs will offer that. Manly need to entice him with enough, not only money, to feel he's got a permanent spot in the side and preferably a spot where he can use his skills. Same happened with Schuster. Same happened but we got it wrong with Gutherson (imagine if we had held that one...centre?)
I'll bet that Lawton is a little bit short of his best match fitness - he'll be invaluable when we get more injuries, etc.I missed this, with the focus yesterday on Harper-will-they-or-won't-they (they did), but interesting to see Kaeo retained at 14 and despite Lawton fit again.
Lawton is out completely, back to the reserves.
Quite a strong statement that for now at least Weekes is part of the regular 17 and indeed the spine, he's the back-up dummy half at least. He'll have plenty of opportunity to shine and I expect him to do just that at Mudgee.
Weekes would have to be a grade A crayon eater .... with a certifiable numbnutted window licker for a manager ... to sign any contract Manly offered him at the moment ..
Bear ... this is not about Manly ... the ball and decisions are 100% in Weekes court ...
Of course it is Woodsie. I'm not suggesting otherwise.
He's clearly in NRL for now as our 14, so he'll be on the field each week and have the opportunity to impress. And I'm sure he will.Of course it is Woodsie. I'm not suggesting otherwise. But what he does depends very much on what Manly or another club do to entice him. Manly have spent years preparing this young kid and he's been one of the true stars of the juniors. Now is his time. Does Manly therefore suddenly drop the ball after such an investment. No wonder Manly got so frustrated with Barrett and Hasler while the club invested in these kids and then watched them being ignored, while pedestrian performers remained entrenched. Weekes will sensibly, I suspect, make the best decision for his future. If Manly fail to sufficiently entice him, only Manly loses. Weekes will do fine.