Almost six years after claiming the 2008 premiership in his final season at the club, Steve Menzies has declared he wants to add one last piece of silverware to the Sea Eagles’ trophy cabinet.
The 40-year-old was today named in the Sea Eagles’ squad for the Auckland Nines tournament at Eden Park this weekend.
Menzies, who at the end of last season retired form rugby league, is thrilled to be a part of the weekend-long tournament. His undeniable love for the club proving the major driving force behind his decision.
“To play my last game for Manly is something special for me,” Menzies said.
“I’m excited about playing, the Nines is a great concept. It’s a little bit scary being a little older and there’s plenty of young fast kids out there to run around you, so as long as I’m not stuck on the wing. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Menzies has been training with the squad at Sea Eagles headquarters in Narrabeen and conceded the Sea Eagles are a genuine chance of taking out the inaugural tournament.
“Yeah, I think so. I’ve been training with the boys and there’s a bit of experience there but a lot of athletic young kids that can play the game. I think that’s the type of footy we need that’s going to win it,” Menzies said.
“The last few weeks I’ve been doing a little bit, but before that, when you retire, you’re pretty happy to just not do anything and relax.
“It would have been nice to have a little bit more pre-season under my belt but I still think I’m capable and ready to go.”
As for Menzies’ thoughts on the prospect of a comeback from former teammate and now Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey…
"I’d love to see Tooves run out of dummy-half. I’m sure a few people would be. He was an accountant, he’s too smart for that I think,” Menzies giggled.