This team deserves another title: Kite
Tuesday 24 September 2013 2:47 PM
Knowing Friday night’s preliminary final against Souths Sydney could potentially be his final game at the club he spent nine seasons at, Brent Kite isn’t content with leaving Manly with two premiership rings.
The Sea Eagles have won two of the past five premierships, but Kite expressed his desire to win a third and final title in Manly before heading west.
The veteran prop is one of eight remaining players from Manly’s 2008 Grand Final victory and says he wants one more, and he desperately wants it with his comrades.
“It would mean a lot,” Kite said regarding a third premiership. “I just think this squad deserves one more. We’ve kept a great squad together for a long period of time.
“We’ve had a good squad here for a long period and two is not enough, one more would be great.”
In a day and age where loyalty is often outdone by financial reward, Kite is grateful to be a part of such an established side.
So happy are the players, Kite even revealed one had turned down a lucrative offer from a rival club to remain in the Northern Beaches.
“We don’t talk about it but guys obviously take pay-cuts and do the right thing to stay with each other, so I think we owe it to each other,” Kite said.
“We genially like each other. Speaking to one of the guys who re-signed the other week, I was really taken back at how much money he’d knocked back to stay here to be a part of this team and the lifestyle and everything that goes with it. We are really happy and we all get along.”
Should the Sea Eagles be beaten on Friday night, it would mark the end of an illustrious career in Manly for the towering front rower.
But while in the back of his mind he knows it could well be his last game, Kite’s thought pattern hasn’t altered.
When asked if the possibility of him perhaps playing his final game against Souths had crossed his mind, Kite said: “No, it hasn’t funnily enough.
“I feel like the pressure is off a little bit. We want to win and we will be throwing everything at this game.
"If we stumbled last week, I think we would have fallen short of our own expectations but we’ve got to the major semi and we’re playing a team who was on top of the competition for a long period of the year.
“We are just going to have a bit of fun, well, I am anyway. If it’s the last, it’s the last, but we’ll go out swinging.”