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The boys are off and running

Simply’s the only way to describe the punishing field  session on day one of 2023 NRL pre-season training for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Having already completed a weights session, what started out as a light warm up with some ball in hand work quickly transformed into a draining hour of running in humid conditions watched on by new Assistant Coaches Shane Flanagan and Jim Dymock, and the experienced football staff.

To the sounds of constant whistles, players – ranging from NRL, development to train and replacement players - ran several distances up and down in very hot, dry winds that literally sucked the breath out of them.

Hard yakka....Josh Schuster (centre)  shows the way
Hard yakka....Josh Schuster (centre) shows the way ©Manly Media

In between shouts of ‘keep at it' to ‘one to go, boys’, players pushed themselves through the pain barrier.

And when drinks were called, the Gatorade bottles were as refreshing as the cold water inside. Some made it to the lips, others just poured it over their aching muscles.

Cool forward Ben Condon feels the brunt of the field session.
Cool forward Ben Condon feels the brunt of the field session. ©Manly Media

A quick refuel, and the whistle blew…it was go time again….and then again, and, again.

There's no hiding in pre-season. And it doesn't matter how many you have done at NRL level already, it doesn't get any easier.

The intensity levels will only increase in coming weeks as players improve their conditioning leading into the Christmas break before returning in early January ahead of trial matches in February.

Turbo time....Tom Trbojevic is back running freely.
Turbo time....Tom Trbojevic is back running freely. ©Manly Media

Earlier in the day, new Sea Eagles Head Coach Anthony Seibold addressed the playing group via Zoom from London, outlining the team’s goals, values and vision for the season ahead. It heralded a fresh, new and exciting beginning for the Sea Eagles.

Seibold arrives at Manly on November 29 after fulfilling his final duties with England Rugby, leaving Flanagan and Dymock to run training with the former Dally M Coach of the Year in daily discussions with his staff.



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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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