A new season arises and for the first time in many years, it looks quite different for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. For the first time over decade the Sea Eagles will be led by a coach who has not played for the club – Trent Barrett.
Playing almost 235 games in the NRL and 60 games in the Super League over in the UK, Barrett comes with lots of player experience. But it doesn’t stop there, Barrett was assistant coach for the Penrith Panthers and coached the NSW Country team for four years, only losing once.
Moving to God’s country, Trent Barrett has settled into life on the Northern Beaches very well.
After three impressive performances from the Sea Eagles in the Auckland Nines and at their two pre-season trial games, Barrett’s coaching debut will take place this Friday night at ‘Fortress Brookie’ against friendly foe Des Hasler’s Bulldogs.
John Cartwright, Anthony Seibold and Dan Ferris also join the new-look Manly coaching staff, and Chad Randall has taken on the reigns of the 2015 grand finalist Holden Cup side.
Together Cartwright, Seibold, Ferris and Barrett have over two decades of coaching experience, dating back to 2007.
Whilst last year was awfully devastating for fans and players alike regarding the sacking of club legend Geoff Toovey, 2016 is a new season. We must throw all of our support behind Trent Barrett, the entire coaching staff and playing squad.
And how fitting is it for us to celebrate our 70th year since we joined the competition, with a new era of the mighty Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
See you all at Fortress Brookie on Friday night – let’s fill the hill!
Ella Kasmar x