Isaac John has two battles on his hand – trying to force his way into a star studded backline, and to provide ‘parenthood’ advice to team-mate Blake Leary.
A talented five-eighth, John has joined the Sea Eagles after spending the past three seasons at Penrith. He has played 35 NRL games since his debut with the Warriors in 2009.
Having worked with new Manly Warringah Coach Trent Barrett at Penrith, John is now out to show the former NSW and Australian five-eighth he deserves a position in the strong Sea Eagles team in 2016.
John says he has enjoyed working with half-back Daly Cherry-Evans at training but knows he must overcome fellow new signing Dylan Walker if he is to wear the six jumper.
“We all know Daly is a wonderful talent and a really gifted footballer. I really like his temperament on the field, he is always calm,’’ John said.
“I have only got know him since we started pre-season training and we enjoy some banter with each other. Training with Daly has been a pleasure.
“I’m just looking to play some first grade at Manly. We have definitely got a talented backline and it is going to be tough to get a spot, but I will be doing everything I can to earn one.”
As for life off the field, the Manly players insist John is a real prankster.
“The boys have been really good and I enjoy their company. I do get a kick out of getting a bite out of one of the big boys to get a few laughs,’’ John said.
And as for Leary, John gives an interesting insight into his house mate.
“Blake rates his humour. I don’t have any kids of my own but in terms of parenthood, I can understand what parents go through now,’’ John laughed.
“I’ve had to teach him the basics of life like how to use a washing machine, how to clean up after himself, and the importance of brushing his teeth regularly.”