$1.85 - looks a nice price doesn't it.
In fact they're $4.50 to finish in the Top 4.
Is that a bit of a stretch? Maybe.
Even if you're not a gambler, you can appreciate that $1.85 for Manly to make the Top 8 is pretty bloody good odds.
Having said that, since finishing second in 2014, the Sea Eagles have only played finals twice. They finished 6th in both 2017 & 2019.
Other than that it's been fairly lean.
So how do Manly fare next year?
The big thing for Manly, obviously, is keeping Tom Trbojevic fit and healthy.
He of course had a fairly disrupted 2020, those pesky hamstring injuries rearing their ugly head, but if Tommy Turbo and his brother are fit, then Manly are right up there in contention.
In fact, you could argue that the $1.85 about them making the Top 8 pretty much hinges on a fit Tom Trbojevic.
Outside of that, they've lost a few for next year, Addin Fonua-Blake heads to NZ, Joel Thompson is off to the Super League and Corey Waddell joins Canterbury.
Big Tony Williams is also listed as having been released - he was good in his day but probably didn't ever truly realise his potential.
Jeez I am making some big statements.
They have picked up a fair bit of young talent and of course the favourite son, Kieran Foran returns to Brookvale.
Where does he fit in?
You'd think DCE and Dylan Walker will play in the halves - no?
Anyways, I'll leave that up to Dessy Hasler.
The draw probably wasn't too kind to the Sea Eagles. 1st Round they play the Roosters, then they host the Rabbitohs in Round 2. Tough start!
They probably get a minor reprieve with the Dragons in Round 3, then it's the Panthers in Round 4 before the Warriors and Titans to cap off the first six weeks of the competition.
If they're 3 from 6 I reckon they'll be content, if they're 4 from 6, I reckon they'll be pretty happy.
They've just had so many injuries, if they can keep their key pieces on the park, $1.85 looks a good bet.
In Des we trust.
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