THE MAIL Centre Ben Farrar will miss the start of the season through injury, but the word is that won't stop coach Des Hasler from using the experienced Jamie Lyon, who is normally a centre, at five-eighth alongside 19-year-old Kieran Foran at halfback. Tony Williams or youngster Dean Whare are the options to partner Steve Matai in the centres. WHY THEY WILL MAKE THE EIGHT They've got a hard core of star players, including Anthony Watmough, Jamie Lyon, Brett Stewart, Brent Kite, Glenn Stewart, Josh Perry and Steve Matai, who should be able to do enough to ensure they get those key wins on days all teams get when you're not playing well as a whole. WHY THEY WON'T MAKE THE EIGHT There are a couple of things that could bring them down. One, they have lost their halfback and captain, Matt Orford, and aren't in a position to replace him with an experienced No.7. And, two, Brett Stewart still has sexual assault charges to answer soon. THE FAN SAYS "The lack of an experienced halfback worries me a bit, but overall the team looks as strong as in previous years and they should make the top four going into the finals." - Anthony Coleman THE BOOKIE SAYS No Matt Orford and no major signing. On the cusp of the eight. $13 with TAB Sportsbet. - Glenn Munsie ROY MASTERS SAYS It's a big ask to expect Trent Hodkinson to be Matt Orford but since 2006 Manly have played just seven games with Orford missing and lost only one. Despite being Silvertails, they share the ball like a good socialist team, with 25 of the 26 players appearing in first grade last year scoring a try. THE HERALD PREDICTS Chris Barrett 9th Glenn Jackson 7th Roy Masters 10th Greg Prichard 6th Brad Walter 9th http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/your-clubs-prospects-20100308-prhl.html?rand=1268011766225 Whare no chance to play centres this year.Â What's the bet that des starts with Tony Williams in the centres against the tigers and he has a shocker so that either Lyon or Foran move to the centres the next game and hodkinson comes into the side second game.