Manly Sea Eagles - 2008 Preview NRL http://nrl.com/News/tabid/10297/default.aspx?id=49897 Find Out What the Coaching Staff Think: Manly Sea Eagles (assistant coach Dennis Moore) http://bigpondvideo.com/nrl/42815 DYNAMIC Des Hasler wonÃ¢Â€Â™t need to change too much from 2007, a season in which Manly went all-but. They won 18 of 25 in the season proper, were 2nd in points-scored and 2nd in defence (only the Melbourne juggernaut bested them in both departments), and fed Brett Stewart enough ball in the oppositionÃ¢Â€Â™s red zone that the lightning-fast, all-running fullback scored 19 tries, taking his career tally to 71 from 89 games Ã¢Â€Â“ an astonishing strike rate considering Manly legend Graham Eadie took 233 games to notch the same number. Behind StewartÃ¢Â€Â™s brilliance, Matt OrfordÃ¢Â€Â™s kicking, running and passing, an under-rated pack and pace in the backs, Manly made Brookvale a fortress and played a brand of football that lit up the joint. Yet in outgoing halves Michael Monaghan (you canÃ¢Â€Â™t call him a Ã¢Â€ÂœhookerÃ¢Â€Â) and Travis Burns they may lose some direction around the park, particularly if Orford gets injured. But Hasler has enough weapons and enough nous, and has ingrained his own bloody-minded training ethic into his players, that the Sea Eagles will again give the Telstra Premiership a mighty shake. How TheyÃ¢Â€Â™ll Play It With Orford controlling things, Brent Kite and Anthony Watmough making their usual big impacts and the ubiquitous helmet of Steve Menzies making star cameos off the bench, Manly should be a top-four team for most of the year. In Luke Williamson and Glenn Stewart they have a pair of backrowers whoÃ¢Â€Â™ll do the hard and dirty yards all day (or at least when theyÃ¢Â€Â™re not on the bench) and in Steve Matai and Steve Bell a pair of tough and speedy centres. They will miss Monaghan but Orford is a proven performer over a long term whoÃ¢Â€Â™ll throw the ball wide, feed his own forwards, dart at the opposition line, kick across the face of goal for leaping wingers and grubber into the dead ball when required. HeÃ¢Â€Â™ll take the ball one off the ruck at least twice per set of six and use his long kicking game Ã¢Â€Â“ that driving drop punt Ã¢Â€Â“ to give Manly field position and keep opposition fullbacks deep, perhaps opening a gap for a grubber or chip Ã¢Â€Â“ and a certain flying fullback. Keep An Eye On Michael Bani, who grew up in the Torres Strait islands hunting dugong and turtle and then scored 32 tries for Bundaberg ATW in 2006, will be a better player after his debut season in the NRL. And after nearly tossing away a football career for alcohol, looks set for big things in 2008. Ã¢Â€Âœ[In 2005] he was on the drink and had a real attitude about him,Ã¢Â€Â Bundaberg ATW coach Tat Whalebone told the Manly Daily. Ã¢Â€ÂœBundyÃ¢Â€Â™s got a pub on every corner and the little white bear everywhere and Michael could have gone either way. But he really turned things around. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s one of the best players this town has seen in a long time. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s quick with natural ability. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s a jewel in the rough.Ã¢Â€Â Hasler agrees: Ã¢Â€ÂœHe looks very good and could really develop into something. We will bring him along slowly but there is no doubt the kid has plenty of ability.Ã¢Â€Â TheyÃ¢Â€Â™ll Really Miss Manly didnÃ¢Â€Â™t lose much with Michael Monaghan in the No.7. TheyÃ¢Â€Â™ve lost plenty now that heÃ¢Â€Â™s wearing the jersey for Warrington. Time To Stand Up After a tumultuous youth in which he ran away from Parramatta to Wee Waa and then England, Jamie Lyon is now a 25-year-old Origin-standard five-eighth whoÃ¢Â€Â™ll notch 100 first grade games this year. He looks settled at Brookvale under the stewardship of Hasler and inside a halfback who drives play as much as Orford. A free-running five-eighth who when playing at his best looks to be enjoying himself, Lyon is a prodigious talent Ã¢Â€Â“ itÃ¢Â€Â™s his headspace thatÃ¢Â€Â™s always been under question. Time for him to answer fans who rated him Ã¢Â€Âœmost over-ratedÃ¢Â€Â. Coach Watch Des Hasler has a safer reign on power than North Korean madman Kim Jong Il. TheyÃ¢Â€Â™re All The Better For In 26-year-old backrower Josh Perry Manly have signed a disaffected former Knight looking to make the most of a lifeline. Perry comes from Newcastle bitter about Brian SmithÃ¢Â€Â™s rampage through the ranks of Newcastle Ã¢Â€ÂœincumbentsÃ¢Â€Â, eager to thank his new benefactors. Lui Toimoana is a strong, free-running 22-year-old centre or backrower from the Auckland Lions who can offload in the tackle. Heath LÃ¢Â€Â™Estrange comes from the Roosters, Tom Browne comes from the Rabbitohs while Jared Waera-Hargreaves comes from the Waratahs rugby union. Predicted Finish Top 3-4. Under-20s The Sea Eagles NYC team has plenty of kids from the bush, Queensland and across the Tasman to mix with some Sydney kids and if they can come together they may just leave a mark. Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans comes from Redcliffe on the back of being named the Best and Fairest in the Brisbane Colts competition but he will have competition from young Kieran Foran, a Kiwi kid still eligible for SG Ball. Others to watch include prop Inoke Tapaatoutai and the grandson of former Manly great Fred Jones Ã¢Â€Â“ Jai Jones-Wiegold.