Manly Warringah Sea Eagles supporters have shown their passion for their team with record numbers joining as Members ahead of the 2016 season.

The Club is well on the way to its target of 15,000 Members in 2016, with 6,534 committing since the campaign launched on 25 September - 2317 (54%) Members more than at the same time last year.

Sea Eagles legend Steve Menzies said there’s a great deal of optimism around the Club.

“There’s an air of excitement around the playing group under new Coach Trent Barrett. We’ve got a lot of new faces and there’s a great deal of optimism about what this squad can achieve,’’ Menzies said.

While excited by the positive response from fans, Menzies called on all Manly faithful to make the membership commitment.

“Clubs like the Rabbitohs and Broncos had over 30,000 Members in 2015. We’re not talking Licensed Club Members paying $5-$10 a year, we’re talking Football Club Members with season tickets,” he added.

“It’s time that we competed with the best Clubs on and off the field, through a strong and loyal membership.

“Strong membership numbers translates to stronger merchandise sales, game day attendances and greater sponsorships, which ultimately benefits the playing group.

“Come on Manly faithful, get behind the Club and join as a Member.”

To coincide with today’s 70th Year Anniversary launch, the Club has extended the commemorative 70 Year coin offer for 70 hours. This is an opportunity for supporters to join or renew their memberships to receive this special collector’s piece.

Supporters can commit through one of the following options:

ONLINE: membership.seaeagles.com.au

PHONE: Call our friendly staff on 02 9970 3000

IN PERSON: Visit the Membership Team at the Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen NSW 2101 (M - F, 9am - 5pm)