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Last link to powerful Manly era could vanish

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Mitch, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. Mitch

    Mitch Well-Known Member

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    Jamie Lyon’s NRL career all but over; Brett Stewart, Steve Matai could follow for Manly


    Dean Ritchie - The Daily Telegraph

    THERE was just five minutes remaining in Manly’s captain’s run at Brookvale Oval last Friday morning when he felt it pop.

    A seemingly innocuous hamstring injury looks certain to end Jamie Lyon’s stellar NRL career.

    The 34-year-old, who will retire at season’s end, will front the Sydney media this morning to confirm he won’t be fit to play in his final game at Brookvale Oval on Saturday afternoon against Canberra.

    The Daily Telegraph understands the injury will likely keep Lyon out of Manly’s final-round game against Penrith at Pepper Stadium.

    And it just may have a domino effect with doubts continuing over the playing futures of star veterans Brett Stewart (knee) and Steve Matai (neck).

    If Stewart and Matai were to follow Lyon out of Brookvale, it would snap the last remaining links to Manly’s powerful era under former coach Des Hasler.

    Although the pair each have a year remaining on their existing contracts and want to continue playing in 2017, both will be guided by medical reports.

    The Sea Eagles will treat discussions on Stewart and Matai’s futures with the utmost respect given their stellar contributions to the club.

    Manly fans will be devastated they will not get the chance to properly farewell Lyon at his favourite ground.

    “Not everyone gets the fairytale in rugby league,” one official told The Daily Telegraph.

    Lyon’s final match was the round 23 golden-point loss to the Hasler-coached Canterbury.

    “I rate Jamie as one of the best players to ever play for Manly and one of the best players I have seen play, period,” Manly godfather Ken Arthurson said.

    “He has been an outstanding rugby league person. Irrespective of whether he plays or not this weekend in his last game at Brookvale, I am going to come down and watch to show the admiration I have for him.

    “He never tried to big-note himself. With Jamie, what you see is what you get. He has never changed.”

    The potential loss of three stalwarts will strip Manly of almost 700 games of NRL experience.

    Lyon played 224 matches for Manly after switching from the Eels via the UK Super League.

    Stewart and Matai have pulled on the maroon jersey on 233 and 230 occasions respectively to sit ninth, 10th and 11th in all-time appearances for the Sea Eagles.

    “Stewart and Matai have been wonderful bloody players for Manly,” Arthurson said.

    “I am hoping they can continue playing next year but if they can’t, they have played a huge part in the club’s success. Neither have ever taken a backward step — two of the bravest players I have seen in the game. I’ll tell you what, neither of them has ever been found wanting."

    I certainly think with comments from Arko like this and several articles coming from Ritchie who is known to be close with Zorba, that the club is looking to soften the blow and both Steve and Brett won't be here next year.
     
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    • CBreeagles

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      Well then why aren't they being farewelled like Killer is?
       
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      • tookey

        tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        When is zorba's farewell?
         
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        • Terry Zarsoff

          Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

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          We can only wonder.

          Maybe he will be on the same bus out as Phool Buzzfield.
           
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          • PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

            PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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            We won't be giving him one as we can't afford his dinner bill.
             
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            • COMMANDER

              COMMANDER IF YOU DO NOT TRY YOU CAN NOT FAIL

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              Nothing ends well; or it wouldn't end in the first place.
               
            • Brookie Brawler

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              Ritchie says "If Stewart and Matai were to follow Lyon out of Brookvale, it would snap the last remaining links to Manly’s powerful era under former coach Des Hasler".

              Was 2011 not part of Hasler's "powerful era"? Or did I miss his earlier article about DCE and Buhrer retiring?
               
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              • Wyllie Eagle

                Wyllie Eagle Active Member

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                Should be 'powerful era under coaches Hasler AND TOOVEY' but of course why would Zorba's mouthpiece mention that?
                 
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                • HappilyManly

                  HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  Des Hasler and Geoff Toovey Era.

                  Chez, Buhrer, Darcy, Jake and Turbo , Wiliame are all continuing the Des/2v era :)
                   
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                  • niccipops

                    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                    The baton has been passed.
                    And who the fk is this Des they speak of?
                     
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                    • SeaEagleRock8

                      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                      It's Mr Picable.
                       
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                      • robbiea

                        robbiea Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                        “Not everyone gets the fairytale in rugby league,”
                        Yeah ,well not everyone takes a handful of premierships in the career either.
                        I know what I'd prefer..
                         
                      • Shoe1

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                        That's a mediocre article, on a par with the articles from the mediocre Rothfield era.
                         
                      • Brocky

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                        If both STeve and Brett leave and Lyons retiring, I can not see any positives next
                        if we lose Brett and Steve, and LYons retiring I cannot see anything good coming from next year, face it the rest of the players are not club builders, DCE no way, MYles DOA, BURHRER one more injury gone, jake and Tom have so much to learn, who else is there to take the club to the next level in terms of culture and environment, Barrett does not come across like someone you would go to war with. I look back through YouTube and see the Manly of old and compare it to the team now WOW. havent we really lost our way. Memories are all that we have. I have being to all the Manly games at Brookie for the last 30 plus years, you can not tell me it is the same place. You are right there is no other former Manly player who would want to coach because they know what hostile environment it is. People who have never played and come from other industries trying to reinvent the wheel. You can buy any big name player u want not going to change the current mentality there at the moment
                         
                      • Mr Manly 007

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                        Good point...
                         
                      • HappilyManly

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                        Matai’s career hangs by a thread
                        By Tony Adams
                        August 27, 2016


                        A TINY titanium plate will determine whether tough Manly centre Steve Matai is able to play football again.

                        In the same week that the Sea Eagles are farewelling star centre Jamie Lyon in their last home game for 2016, RLW can reveal that his partner in crime is battling to save his career.

                        The 32-year-old Kiwi is among the most respected players in the NRL because of his no-nonsense style and ability to play through pain, but his career’s now hanging in the balance.

                        Matai had surgery on a chronic neck injury two months ago and is praying a titanium plate inserted into his spinal cord will give his body the strength to play again.

                        “It was very delicate surgery and the doctors took part of the disc out of his neck and put the plate in there,” says his manager, Gavin Orr.

                        “Now it’s just a waiting game and he’ll be guided by the specialists.

                        “You obviously don’t mess around with your neck and spine and he has a long life ahead of him.

                        “He played with the injury for a long time and the doctors told him he was in danger of crushing his nerves and causing permanent damage.

                        “He was scared of the surgery but I got him to have a chat to [Manly team-mate] Brenton Lawrence, who had similar surgery on his lower back and has come back from it very well.

                        “It took him 12 months but he returned very strongly from a career-threatening injury.

                        “After that, Steve decided to go ahead and go under the knife.

                        “He can’t do any contact work for six months so it will be a long, anxious wait but Steve’s as tough as they come and if there’s any way he can return, he will.”

                        http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/matais-career-hangs-thread/
                         
                      • Turbo

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                        He has also played his last game as has snake which spells the end of the Hasler/Toovey era now we can re start which is what we need
                         
                      • Woodsie

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                        Turbo, give Bozo and Baz a call and let them know ... I think the silly buggers are waiting around for professional medical advice or something equally dumb.
                         
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                        • Mark from Brisbane

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                          Have faith @Brocky , 2017-18-19 could be the start of the next big era.

                          Think positive buddy!!

                          The glass is half full not half empty.
                           
                        • HappilyManly

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                          For his long term health, I really hope that Manly look at medically retiring Skivi :inlove:

                          Spinal chord damage is literally a hairs breadth away @:oops:
                           
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