MANLY players are thriving on pre-season critics who wrote off their squad as being too old and stale. And they're also convinced a lot of the criticism has come from former staff now working under Des Hasler at Belmore. After comprehensively disposing of the Bulldogs last week, we're told one player approached a Canterbury assistant coach who previously worked at Brookvale. The player wanted to express his gratitude for the free motivation and also asked the sentiments to be relayed to Hasler My guess is this was Choc. The mighty Choc!