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Matt Parcell symbolises the new era

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,114 /51
    Fresh-faced Matt Parcell wouldn't know it but he embodies the new era Manly plan to usher in during their 70th anniversary season.

    The 23-year-old, who was signed from the Brisbane Broncos, will vie with former Penrith rake Api Koroisau for the vacant No.9 jumper and new coach Trent Barrett is banking on the healthy competition for that spot, and others, including five-eighth, to trigger a new hunger at the club after they missed the finals in 2015 for the first time in a decade.

    Barrett has recruited some hard heads in the forwards for 2016 in Martin Taupau, Nate Myles and Darcy Lussick, and he retains some exciting talent in a back line that features Daly Cherry-Evans, Brett Stewart, Jamie Lyon, Tim Moltzen and perhaps even Tom Wright, the hottest property in schoolboy rugby who gave up his shot at an Olympic gold medal with Australia's rugby sevens team for a Sea Eagles contract.

    Parcell, who attended the club's midweek media launch at Freshwater Life Savers Club – whose colours the footy team adopted when, in 1946, they were told by the NSWRL they and Parramatta would play in the 1947 competition – declared Manly was where he wanted to be.

    "It's awesome to have this opportunity," said Parcell, a product of the Queensland stronghold of Ipswich who studied civil engineering at university. "I only got down a few days before pre-season started [last Monday] and I've been soaking it all in."

    He comes from a family steeped in league history. His great-grandfather Percy Parcell represented Queensland as a rugged forward, his grandfather Gary represented Australia in eight Tests and alongside Noel Kelly and Dud Beattie formed an all-Ipswich Australian front row from 1959-62, while another relative, Hector Gee, scored twice in the infamous 1932 Battle of Brisbane Test against Great Britain.

    His father, Steve, captained the Ipswich Jets and played alongside the likes of Allan Langer, Kerrod and Kevin Walters under Tommy Raudonikis in the 1980s.

    "It's a big thing," said Parcell of his family ties. "My grandfather is really proud of what I'm doing and I talk to him after a game and he's great. There's never been any pressure on me to play. Actually, his advice has always been to enjoy it, and I do. I'm proud to have that family history, but I'm keen to carve my own path."

    He'll compete for a position that was vacated when the Sea Eagles moved on Matt Ballin, a club favourite for the past 11 years. While respectful of Ballin's place at Manly, Parcell has adopted the same "looking forward" approach as Barrett to taking over from local hero Geoff Toovey, whose demise sparked an outpouring of anger.

    "He was a great player, a club legend," said Parcell of Ballin. "I hope to bring my own spin to the position and I guess my running game and speed will come to the fore.

    "Growing up I followed Danny Buderus and Andrew Johns because I liked their combination at Newcastle. I liked a lot about Buderus, his toughness, competitiveness and I think that's something I can bring to Manly ... a desire to compete for every play and to never give up."

    Those words would be music to the ears of another new recruit, Nate Myles, who left the Gold Coast to add the starch he remembers Manly packs of old possessing.

    "When I came into first grade Manly was a side you never wanted to play in regards to their forward pack," he said. "Their line speed was tremendous and they had players there like Jason King and they played for keeps ... I'd love to emulate what those guys did."

    While Manly's "godfather", Ken Arthurson, spoke of his love and hope for the club for which he played, coached and then ran, skipper Jamie Lyon reflected on all the recent changes – some painful – and expressed his optimism.

    "It feels like a new club, which is a bit refreshing," he said. "Everyone is looking forward to the new season."

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  2. SeaEagle9413

    SeaEagle9413 Forward Pass

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    Glad to have him! He will really help the club reach its primary goal next season! On paper, Manly look like a semi-finals type side! Let's hope that's the reality plus much more. BRING ON 2016!!! :clap:
  3. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    One Gift leaves and another parcell appears.
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    • HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Parcell will be the rookie of the year :clap:

      He really impressed me with his work rate and has a complete set of skills @:cool:

      For some reason he looks like a kid in the Manly photos. Looked more weathered at the Jets. God's Country must be agreeing with him :)
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      • Clay

        Clay Well-Known Member

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        Parcell played 6 games for Broncos this year
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        • Rex

          Rex Well-Known Member

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          Bozo's new nickname: the Courier

          The man for the job when you need a Parcell pickup.
        • brad

          brad Well-Known Member

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          And parcells nickname will be the postman because he always........
        • eaglebuzz

          eaglebuzz Well-Known Member

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          Bangs your missus after you leave for work?
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          • brad

            brad Well-Known Member

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            You should be on the bulldogs site numb nuts.
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            • eaglebuzz

              eaglebuzz Well-Known Member

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              You should finish your sentences.

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