THE naming of reformed NRL bad boy Terrence Seu Seu as 18th man for Manly’s Saturday-night clash with Newcastle could result in the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles’ play-making stocks being boosted this weekend.
Should Seu Seu not push his way into Manly’s final 17, he would be welcomed with open arms by Sunshine Coast, which is again set to be without halfback Trent Hodkinson for its away clash against Wynnum Manly on Saturday afternoon.
Hodkinson made a solid NRL debut for Manly against Parramatta last Sunday and has retained the No.7 jersey for the Knights clash.
Seu Seu, 22, was sacked by Newcastle after being charged with drink-driving just before the start of the 2008 NRL season.
He was handed a lifeline by Cronulla later that year, before signing to play with Manly this season.
Should Seu Seu front, he could provide a potent one-two punch at dummy half for Sunshine Coast by alternating with regular hooker Cameron Joyce.
Another option would be to hand Seu Seu the five-eighth role, given that fellow Manly contracted player Daly Cherry-Evans shouldered the bulk of the play-making duties in last weekend’s 18-32 home loss to Central Comets.
Joyce copped a head knock early in the Comets match and did not return to the field.
However, he says he has recovered and he has been named in the No.9 jersey for the Seagulls’ clash.
Another player with NRL experience, Filinga Filiga, will play his first Queensland Cup match for the Sea Eagles, at centre, as Kyle Lodge has been ruled out with a hip injury.
Filiga played two NRL matches for the Bulldogs in 2005 and came to the Sea Eagles after a period on Cronulla’s books.
Former NRL player Filinga Filiga will make his Queensland Cup debut for the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles, against the Seagulls, this weekend.