Caption: Nathan Green (left) will make his Club debut for the Sea Eagles alongside Martin Taupau on Friday night.
Hard work and impressive trial form led to Coach Trent Barrett giving Nathan Green the chance to make his Club premiership debut for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval this Friday night.
The former St George-Illawarra Dragons centre/winger was offered an opportunity with the Sea Eagles by Barrett, who brought him over with the view of playing Green in the back-row.
Barrett said Green deserves his chance against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership.
”I thought he has been one of our real standouts of this pre-season. I’ve said all along we will pick players on their trial form and hold them accountable as to how well they train,’’ Barrett said.
“We had some pretty disappointed guys through the week that did miss out on the side. We have got some depth but I certainly won’t shy away from picking the side that gives us the best chance to win on the weekend.
“It is their spot now and it is up to them to keep it. I know Nathan is really excited. He has put on a lot of weight in the off-season and he has trained solely as a back-rower.
“I am really confident that he will do a good job. He brings a bit of size, he is willing, and he does all the little things right. That’s all I need him to do.”
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