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Potential NRL breakout stars: Manly Sea Eagles

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20th January, 2021
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After a disappointing 2020 riddled with injury, Manly look out of sorts, with questions over the health of superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic, who, when fit, is just unstoppable. The lack of depth on the Northern Beaches was evident as they struggled without their key men.

Manly’s biggest losses are Adin Fonua-Blake, Joel Thompson and Danny Levi – the latter’s exit means they are without a specialist dummy half.

Let’s take a look at five players who Manly fans hope will add some spark to the team.

1. Josh Shuster
One of the Sea Eagles’ best young talents, Shuster made his debut last season and looked good with a couple of sublime touches. Unfortunately, injury prevented him from finishing the season. A big body with a lot of skill. Expect the young gun to threaten with his running and skillful passing. He will either start at five-eighth or off the bench as a utility.

2. Kieran Foran
When injury-free, Foran is world-class. A strong runner and defender with great skill and game knowledge.

His signing takes pressure off Daly Cherry-Evans for being the only experienced playmaker. His presence should allow DCE and Turbo to play with more freedom. Whether he starts at half or hooker, he is a big inclusion. If he does play hooker, that should allow Manly’s middle to be a bit more dangerous, and allow Jake Trbojevic to bring back his running game.

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3. Taniela Paseka
With the departure of AFB, there will be more expectations on the bench to keep rolling forward. Paseka has the size of a giant – if he can find some form and confidence, he can definitely push for a starting spot. If he does, this man will be a nightmare for opposition forwards.

4. Jason Saab
After a ugly split with the Dragons, the lanky back’s inclusion in Manly’s backline will be welcomed by the fans. He adds the size and speed Manly have so desperately need. Aside from Turbo, the Sea Eagles’ outside backs aren’t all that flash. All he needs is confidence and form, because of the devastating attacking abilities of a fully-fit Turbo and DCE. This will be interesting.

Jason Saab

Jason Saab will look to prove himself in 2021 (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

5. Ben Trbojevic
Surprise, surprise! The younger brother of Manly’s dynamic duo has a lot of raps on him. A centre/backrower, Ben was close to making his debut last season. From what we’ve seen, he has a lot of size, power and great pace. Watch him closely.

Predicted Sea Eagles 2021 team
1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jason Saab
3. Dylan Walker
4. Brad Parker
5. Reuben Garrick
6. Josh Shuster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Josh Aloai
9. Kieran Foran
10. Martin Taupau
11. Jack Goweski
12. Curtis Sironen
13. Jake Trbojevic
14. Cade Cust
15. Taniela Paseka
16. Sean Keppie
17. Andrew Davey