From Saturdays Manly Daily: Marlins to make intentions clear ADAM LUCIUS 22oct05 THE Manly Marlins will take the unprecedented step of asking their elite players to sign letters of intent before embarking on preparations for their centenary season in 2006. In what translates to a vow of commitment, players will be asked to pledge their allegiance six months before next year's kick-off so coach Rod Cutler can formalise his playing roster. The letters are not legally binding and don't contain financial inducements. It's the first time in Manly's 99-year history that the club has asked for an official undertaking from players so far out from the next season. "We are basically saying the club is committed to the cause and now we're asking the individual to commitment himself to the club," Cutler explained yesterday. "We want a commitment that they want to be here and want to be part of what we're doing. "The last thing we want is for someone to start on our training program and then take off in January and February and leave me to search around for a replacement." First grade prop and club captain Reuben Bijl has welcomed the innovative move. "I know where they are coming from and fully support it," he said. "In this day and age there is a lot of player movement and a coach just wants to know who he has got to work with for next season." The move to tie players up early comes after Manly's four leading junior clubs Roos, Harlequins, Raiders and Forest were officially welcomed into Manly's Rugby Academy. Young players will now have a clear pathway from junior rugby to colts and on to grade. "I am very passionate about junior development and we want the clubs to feel part of the senior club and to have an affinity with the Marlins," Cutler said.