New recruits eager to impress early! Just two days into a long and arduous pre-season, Sea Eagles new recruits Josh Starling (left) and Manaia Rudolph have already got their sights set on first-grade in 2014. Sea Eagles 2014 merchandise, just like the training shirts the boys are wearing, are now available for pre-order. Barely settled in at the Sea Eagles, the pair have been put through several gruelling fitness tests, measuring both anaerobic and aerobic power as they slog it out in the gym. “It’s tough,” Rudolph said. “You’ve just got to stick it out and go hard for as long as you can. It's important to get good results in these pre-season tests.” Starling, who joins Manly from South Sydney, has made seven NRL appearances, while teammate Rudolph arrives in the Northern Beaches from the Tigers having played the past two seasons in the Holden Cup. Former Rabbitoh Starling admits the switch to the Northern Beaches has been a pleasant one, not simply because of the scenery but because of the welcoming attitude of his new teammates. “It’s a bit different to Souths but just as good, probably better. I’m really loving it hear and everyone has greeted me with open arms.” Starling said. “It’s been really good but really tough. A lot of testing. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got for us for the rest of the week. Their goals for 2014? Simple - crack first grade. "Make the team every week hopefully and have a big pre-season,” Starling said. “We’ve got a few big trials and then just take it from there.” Rudolph said: “It will be good to get a few games in the NRL. That’s my main goal for next season – within a six to eight month time frame. I’m just going to be working hard trying to earn a spot in first-grade." With no train or bus routes into the club’s head quarters at Narrabeen, Rudolph catches a train from Holsworthy to Central Station, where Starling and he then drive in together. Josh Starling – Front row Was named at prop in the 2013 NSW Cup Team of the Year. A hard runner of the ball with a tireless work rate. Manaia Rudolph – Half/Centre Creative attacking back who possesses a dangerous running and passing game. Also boasts an impressive step. http://m.seaeagles.com.au/news-display/New-recruits-eager-to-impress-early/87238 [hr] Sound like a couple of motivated, switched on new recruits! Good luck boys!!