We owe it to Des Manly captain MICHAEL MONAGHAN Manly Daily 12mar05 WE head into the 2005 season knowing we hold Des Hasler's future in our hands. If we don't make the finals this year then Dessie's brief coaching career might be over before it's really started. That's the reality in the cut-throat world of rugby league. If a team isn't winning then there is always speculation about the coach - and Des isn't immune to that. We are 100 per cent behind Des and I believe if we put into practice what he has shown us in the off-season then we'll be on course for a long-overdue finals berth. We've had a long drought here at Manly - too long. Manly is a proud club with a lot of history and the fans expect their team to be winning. Hopefully this year we can deliver a team that is exciting to watch and wins regularly. Last year we were expecting to make the finals and didn't. Anything less than a finals berth this year will be disappointing. We expect a lot of ourselves because we know we've got the team to do it. We've pinpointed the first six or seven weeks as being vitally important. If we can get away to a good start then it really sets up our season. The first step on what will be a tough journey begins tomorrow when we take on the unpredictable Warriors at Ericsson Stadium. Everyone in New Zealand is expecting big things from the Warriors and they will be under enormous pressure to succeed straight away. Ruben Wiki and Steve Price will add some authority up front but it's a contest our big boppers are looking forward to. We've been all but written off over here but that suits me just fine. I can assure you we will surprise plenty of people this year - starting tomorrow!