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Kelly aims for Matai's spot at Manly

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by Scott Bailey, AAP
February 26

He's yet to meet Steve Matai in person, but Manly youngster Brian Kelly is hoping to replicate his feats in the left centre position at Manly.

Brought down from the Gold Coast a year early by the Sea Eagles, 20-year-old Kelly is favoured to fill the key left centre role left open by Matai's injury-forced retirement.

A speedy option on the left-edge, Kelly has impressed a number of his teammates at the Sea Eagles over the off-season, putting his pace on show when he scored three tries at the Auckland Nines and another in their trial win over South Sydney a fortnight ago.

Read more: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/supercoach/brian-kelly-shoots-for-steve-matais-spot-at-manly-sea-eagles/news-story/c468eae836dcb238dfd27055241de495
 
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I hope so. Round 1.

Even if M Wright was the favourite to take the position you'd have to think that given his injury now that it's the perfect excuse to give him a week or 2 in Blacktown to get some match fitness and let young Kelly have a crack at first grade.

If it doesn't work out and Wright is playing well for Btown then switch them after a few rounds. Surely that's the logical choice?...
 

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Matt Wright favoured? ... Jono Wright has been playing there!
 

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We need an X factor in the centers with Dylan . Everyone knows what Jono Wright can do and that is very little . Mathew Wright has not been fit to play in any of the trials , so the most logical choice is the fit and ready X factor Kelly .
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We have some young guns coming on in the backs ... looks encouraging ... Kelly, Shuster, Parker, Slaimankhel Tom Wright and others
 

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One does not simply emulate Steve Matai..
I don't know. Dean Whare did a pretty good job of it. Unfortunately for the Panthers he also emulated - and then exceeded - Matai's ability to pick up injuries.
But I get your point, Jerry1. There can be no greater accolade than saying, "That kid reminds me of Steve Matai." I miss him already.
 

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Agreed. Like Brett, he was a once-in-a-generation player. Those hits... those charges down the left in heavy traffic... Kelly will bring something new, but he can't be another Matai.

On a funny note - iOS keeps predictive texting "Matai" to read "Maria"... please don't tell him.
 

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No contract to Locke.

So Matai has not met Kelly, this seems strange. Should be coaching the young guy a bit whilst still on the books.

Maybe its a rule that you cannot be involved with the club if medically retired?
 

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Seems that the members of the original cafe set are not coming to narrabeen at all these days.
 

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Seems that the members of the original cafe set are not coming to narrabeen at all these days.
Probably been told to stay away from the club whilst their retirements are being sorted in case the NRL or insurance companies take their presence as 'available/able for training'.
 
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Matt Wright favoured? ... Jono Wright has been playing there!
In all the preseason stuff (until he got injured) I believe M Wright had the position all tied up.

Only reason Jono is there is because M Wright broke his hand and they obviously aren't convinced that Kelly is ready - hence the swapping between Kelly/J Wright?...

To me, the position is Kelly's every day of the week. He's young, dynamic and has a heap of potential. But you just get the feeling that Baz will go with M Wright for his experience....

Not long now, team list Tuesday tomorrow!
 

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No contract to Locke.

So Matai has not met Kelly, this seems strange. Should be coaching the young guy a bit whilst still on the books.

Maybe its a rule that you cannot be involved with the club if medically retired?

I agree. First thing that came to my mind was "they haven't met?" I would have thought that Matai and Stewart would have at least met the new players and hopefully turned up to a training session or two to provide some guidance.

Sounds really strange!
 

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In all the preseason stuff (until he got injured) I believe M Wright had the position all tied up.

Only reason Jono is there is because M Wright broke his hand and they obviously aren't convinced that Kelly is ready - hence the swapping between Kelly/J Wright?...

To me, the position is Kelly's every day of the week. He's young, dynamic and has a heap of potential. But you just get the feeling that Baz will go with M Wright for his experience....

Not long now, team list Tuesday tomorrow!

I think the position is Kellys. The reason i think TB started with Jono in the Roosters trial was that he knew that he was only going to play Jono 40min and wanted to give Kelly 80min (40min in each game) for match fitness to be game ready. Looks like he really wants Kelly on the park as much as possible.
 

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I agree. First thing that came to my mind was "they haven't met?" I would have thought that Matai and Stewart would have at least met the new players and hopefully turned up to a training session or two to provide some guidance.

Sounds really strange!
I guess it's more like a job these days. Imagine at an organisation if a person's contract is not renewed or they are moved on - would they come and hang out with the new employee? No one wants to be like David Brent in the Christmas Special.
 

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Barrett is saying he's not going to be coaching conservatively this season so Kelly in for J or M Wright is a no-brainer.
 

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