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Sea Eagles After More Than Just 2
The Manly Sea Eagles will bring a depleted league line-up to play the Warriors at Ericsson Stadium on Saturday night ? but come with a heavyweight management team making no secret of its intentions to hunt for players.
Former coach Graham Lowe meets incoming coach Des Hasler, leagues club deputy chairman Peter Peters and chief executive Ian Thomson before Saturday's National Rugby League (NRL) game, where he is expected to be offered a job as talent scout.
"We have a lot of respect for Lowie over here," said Peters.
"We want to revise our Kiwi connection and his knowledge of how to handle your footballers will be invaluable.
"If it's a warning the Warriors want, they've got one. We've had a long association with New Zealand players, Darrell Williams, Matthew Ridge. Awen Guttenbeil and Matty Rua were two that got away from us after going through the Manly system.
"The Warriors can't sign everyone over there. We'll be looking for talent and giving your players another pathway into the NRL."
The Manly club will host a Maori league tournament on Brookvale Oval in September.
"We want to be a force again and we want to do it quickly," Peters said of the 56-year-old club which won four premiership titles in the 70s, with Williams at fullback in 1987 and Ridge there in 1996.
"We have a strong supporter base. We need more money. Then we're going to revolutionise what's going on in clubs in Australia."
Hasler, 42, assistant coach and head trainer, is all but confirmed as replacement for current coach Peter Sharp, who has said he is leaving at season's end.
Hasler will be calling the shots from now on. Peters said the 255-game player had been offered the contract but wanted to finalise assistant coaching positions before signing on.
"We've got the fittest coach in the league, he still trains with the players and wouldn't ask them to do anything he can't. Not a textbook coach like yours (Warriors coach Daniel Anderson)."
The Manly Leagues Club has agreed to fund the football club following Paul Vautin's departure as chairman and Peters said they were looking at exciting prospects for next year.
The Warriors' off-contract international Logan Swann is among them, though Peters was cagey about the degree of the club's interest.
Fullback Brendon Reeves and goal-kicking five-eighth Ben Walker were to be named in the team subject to fitness test.
Walker said he was still suffering headaches two weeks after colliding with Cronulla prop Chris Beattie's knee but said he was confident about playing on Saturday.
"I feel like an old whinger but there's nothing I can do about it," said Walker, who will be monitored during the week.
"I did a half-hour training session today and felt a bit crook again... but hopefully by the weekend I'll be back into it.