Despite having no apparent link to NRL clubs, the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles have now provided pathways for three players to the NRL in 2012, with the Manly Sea Eagles seconding Hughie Stanley and Mitchell Bucket to the northern beaches for pre-season training in November.
This comes on top of the Canberra Raiders signing Malcolm Congoo to play in their NYC team in 2012.
“For Hughie and Mitch, this is really massive. Both of these players are open age and Manly have come looking. They need outside backs and I think at least one of them is a very good chance of picking up a deal to actually play in 2012.” said Sea Eagles CEO Justin Veivers.
Both players will do the first 6 weeks of pre-season training before the Christmas break.
“Noel Cleal did his homework on them and there was some thought the Broncos had an interest, but Manly swooped. I think they both have a huge amount of potential.
“This is massive for this club. With Cherry Evans doing so well, and now these boys going on and a wave of really talented teenagers coming through I think we will well and truly be back on the NRL radar as a rugby league nursery.” Veivers added.
Colts coach Brad Henderson played a major role in getting Mitch Bucket in front of Manly and he is as excited as anyone at the club.
“Mitch has got his shot and I know he will give it everything. Patty Templeman has also trialled in recent weeks for Manly and I think after another season with us he will find himself heading to Sydney as well.” said Henderson.
This confirms Hughie Stanley has signed with the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles and will play for the 2009 premiers next year should he not secure an NRL contract.