Josh Starling arrived on the beaches with intensions of securing a regular first grade spot, and that he did. Starling was one of only two players to play all 26 games for the club this year.
Averaging 10 runs for 85 metres along with 22 tackles, Starling was one of Manly’s most consistent performers in the middle of the field and never let his team down.
He had the ability to play big minutes as a front rower, playing in excess of 50 minutes seven times this year and in the elimination final loss to the Bulldogs he was out there for the whole second half.
Starling along with front row partner Brenton Lawrence formed a formidable combination this year. Together they will be looking to build on that as Manly look to continue the success they’ve had over the past decade.