Manly coach Geoff Toovey says Scott Prince is still a force to be reckoned with and was surprised the Gold Coast released the former Queensland playmaker to join Brisbane for this NRL season.
The 33-year-old looked set to move to Super League side Hull FC after exiting the Titans with a year remaining on his contract only for the Broncos to make an 11th-hour play to secure his services.
Prince endured an indifferent season in 2012 but Toovey said his side are expecting to face a player rejuvenated by his move to a new club when they meet Anthony Griffin’s side on Friday at Suncorp Stadium.
“He adds a lot more flair in attack to their side, he is a very experienced player, good with the ball in his hands and very exciting to watch,” Toovey said.
“He will add another strike weapon to their backline.”
Prince will form a partnership with one-time NSW halfback Peter Wallace and Toovey believes the Broncos have made a shrewd move by signing the 2005 premiership winner.
“I was surprised the Titans released him, but that is modern-day rugby league,” he said.
“Players move around a lot more than they used to, but Prince is a very good player and the Broncos will be expecting big things from him.”
Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran is hoping for an upturn in form this season after admitting his performances were not up to scratch last year.
Foran was a stand-out performer during the Sea Eagles’ 2011 premiership-winning campaign, but said he wasn’t satisfied with how he played in a season that saw Manly beaten by Melbourne in the preliminary final.
“It wasn’t a great year for myself, I just couldn’t get any momentum as I was out of games due to injury,” Foran said.
“It’s a fresh start this year and I hope to improve this week.”
Manly have employed Andrew Johns as a halves coach and Foran said working with the NSW great has been hugely beneficial for he and Daly Cherry-Evans.
“It’s been really good confidence-wise, doing little drills with him and working on weaknesses in our game,” he said.
“We’re hoping we can take out onto the training paddock. We just want to take as much from him as possible.”