Monas a stayer at Brookie Manly Daily ADAM LUCIUS 19apr05 SKIPPER Michael Monaghan revealed he is keen to stay with the Sea Eagles until at least 2008 after climbing out of his sick bed to inspire Manly's impressive 36-14 win over Canberra on Sunday. The in-form halfback will meet with Manly officials early next month in the hope of striking a deal which will keep him at Brookvale for a further three seasons. The club has struggled to find a consistent No 7 since Geoff Toovey but Monaghan is fast developing into one of the competition's leading halfbacks. Now the former Raider wants to pledge his future to the Sea Eagles. "I'm hoping it can be sorted out when my manager (Jim Banaghan) gets back from overseas in a couple of weeks," the Manly captain said last night. "I'm keen to stay, everything is going well and I don't see any reason to leave." Monaghan added to his growing reputation with a strong performance against Canberra before a big crowd at Brookvale Oval. He scored a vital try and laid on two others as the Sea Eagles came from behind to secure their fourth win of the season. It came a day after Monaghan was all but ruled out of the match with a virus. "I was pretty much gone on Saturday night and Chad Randall was going to come into the side but I woke up feeling a bit better and decided to play," he said. "I'm glad I did. It was an important game, especially coming off a loss." Monaghan, back-rowers Anthony Watmough and Ben Kennedy and boom fullback Brett Stewart were outstanding. The victory the Sea Eagles' seventh straight home win returned them to the top of the NRL ladder beside the Raiders and Sharks. "There's good signs at this early stage, but there's still a lot of areas we can improve on," coach Des Hasler said. Kennedy cut short celebrations with teammates to fly to Brisbane to join the Australian team ahead of Friday night's Test against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium. Former Manly five-eighth Ben Walker has signed with South Sydney and may play against his former club at Brookvale Oval on Sunday. * After not receiving a Friday night game for seven years, Manly have been awarded their second match-of-the-round in a month. Channel 9 will televise the Sea Eagles' round 11 clash with Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium. Manly will feature on Friday night football for the first time since 1998 when they meet Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday week.