Fired up Sea Eagles raring to goPosted on 25/01 by Joe Gann
The salary cap investigation by the NRL integrity unit has overshadowed the Sea Eagles' preparations for the new campaign.
Weekly Expert Betting Tips - Join our free mailing listThe loss of Blake Green has undoubtedly weakened the Sea Eagles and their failure to replace the new Warriors man may prove decisive as the season unfolds. Lachie Croker or Jackson Hastings look the most likely to succeed Green, and it seems likely that Daly Cherry-Evans will continue to carry the burden of creative responsibility on his shoulders in the upcoming campaign.
It had appeared that Trent Hodkinson would arrive as Greenís replacement, but the ongoing salary cap investigation has served to disrupt the clubís recruitment plans. The contract offer they have readied for the Newcastle man has been put on hold until the NRL integrity unit releases their findings.
Silvertails coach Trent Barrett has had no choice other than to prepare for the season with a collection of players who managed to finish sixth on the ladder last season and were second to only Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos when it came to the number of tries scored.
Despite the loss of Nate Myles and Brenton Lawrence, Barrett is convinced his side are more than capable of matching other teams in the forward department and can look to the likes of Marty Taupau, Jake Trbojevic and Luke DíArcy to provide the muscle upfront.
The squad should come into the opening game in peak physical condition following a brutal pre-season training regime that has seen forward Lloyd Perrett fall victim to a punishing workload. The prop collapsed twice from heat exhaustion during the relentless workouts aimed at preparing the team for the opening day clash with the new-look Knights at the McDonald Jones Stadium.
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