‘Keeping the DNA’: Manly old boy’s coaching return to join Sea Eagles legends — Off-season Central

Sea Eagles legend Anthony Watmough has been named head coach of Manly’s Sydney Shield side in 2024, joining a band of old boys returning to the club.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Watmough will join Brett Stewart, Geoff Toovey, Matt Orford, Jamie Buhrer, Solomon Haumono and David O’Donnell as former players now coaching at the Sea Eagles.

Toovey is Manly’s junior pathways co-ordinator, while Orford and Buhrer are the club’s under 16s development coaches.

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Elsewhere, Stewart is the assistant coach of the club’s SG Ball team and Haumono is assistant for Manly’s Lisa Fiaola Cup team.

For Watmough is was an easy decision to take up coaching and has assumed the Shield head coach role after originally being employed as a trainer.

“I didn’t even think about becoming a coach for a second, to be honest with you,” Watmough said.

“I came in to help run the water. Just spending three days a week with this group of players and seeing them grow as people and footy players, it sort of started to take on its own momentum.

“With the bond there with the boys, there was an opportunity for me to take on the coaching job, so I accepted.

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“I believe Manly’s culture and DNA can never be rewritten. It is what it is. A lot of other clubs seems to have former players on staff.

“It seems like now the club is slowly getting back the culture and keeping the DNA within the club in some way. Other clubs do it better than some, but it is good that we are slowly getting there.”

Sydney Shield is the fourth tier of the NSWRL competition and players are then promoted into Ron Massey Cup.

Manly will field a Shield team for the first time in the club’s history in 2024, and the side will be know as ‘Manly League’ and is supported by local leagues clubs.

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