Sea Eagles start NRL pre-season training http://www.nrl.com/sea-eagles-start-nrl-pre-season-training/tabid/10874/newsid/65511/default.aspx?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter NRL premiers Manly started pre-season training minus the man who led them to the grand final victory over the Warriors. Des Hasler took up his post as Canterbury coach last week and Monday was Geoff Toovey's chance in the Manly hot seat. Toovey watched as the Sea Eagles, minus their international representatives and some injured players, completed a series of tests to measure the volume of oxygen used while exercising at maximum capacity. While the club's NSW Cup and fringe first-graders began training last week, Toovey won't conduct his first field session with the main group until Friday. He said Monday's session wasn't abnormal without the presence of premiership mentor Hasler. "It wasn't weird at all, quite the opposite it's good to get on the front foot and get them back (for pre-season)," Toovey told AAP. "I've spoken to the players and they're very positive about the season to come. "We're comfortable with where we are heading right now. "They're just excited and looking forward to some football. "The sooner we get into the swing of things the better off we'll be." In some positive news for the club, winger David Williams is expected to be fit for the round one clash with the Warriors after progressing well in his recovery from a neck injury. Williams fractured the C6 vertebra in his neck in an innocuous collision playing Melbourne in round 25 last season. And while he will not be available for February's World Club Challenge clash with Leeds, Toovey said he would come back at 100 per cent. "It was a serious injury and was certainly a bit frightening for him but there are no dramas now," Toovey said. "He'll come back as strong as ever."