Seagulls recruitment the key to 2019 success

Wynnum-Manly Seagulls’ 2018 season didn’t go to plan but 2019 looks set to be one cracking year for the Intrust Super Cup club.

2018 was a season that looked to be full of promise for the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, eyeing for another Intrust Super Cup to go with the two they already own. 

It must be said the season didn’t go the way they wanted it to.

Coach Adam Brideson first year in charge was a difficult one his main task trying to get this talented side to compete for the full 80 minutes.

In the end they couldn’t do it enough and finished a measely 12th. 

Although there were a few highs in the season, Daniel Ogden breaking the Intrust Super Cup tryscoring record and the emergence of hulking 119kg prop Payne Haas who went on to play with the Brisbane Broncos. 

2019 is set to be a huge year for the Gulls and there newly resigned coach Brideson.

The club and fans demand success and the recruitment has been top notch.

Yes, they have lost Club stalwart Ogden to ritement aswell as Michael Dobson and former captain Mitchell Frei has left the club on compassionate grounds.

But what they have brought in is pure quality. 

The number one signing to replace the retired Dobson has been the signing of of Sam Scarlett.

Scarlett, formerly with the Souths Logan Magpies and Brisbane Broncos, has been a standout performer in recent years.

Scarlett possess a running game that will keep any team on their toes but can also control a team when it’s needed.

His combination with electric half Shaun Nona will be one to watch. 

The Seagulls have also added Matiu Love-Henry, Junior Pauga and Patrick Sipley all from the New Zealand Warriors and Papua New Guinea internationals Rahdly Brawa and Edene Gebbie.

On top of that Salesi Funaki, Moses Pangai and Matt Groat have all signed the dotted line for 2019.

Regulars Patrick Carrigan, Max Elliot and Alex Barr will be banging on the door of the NRL selectors as usual. 

Let’s not forgot Wynnum-Manly’s BRL team also took out the In Safe Hands Cup in 2018.

So they do have a depth of talent to pick from in 2019.

A top 4 finish should be a minium for the Gulls in 2019 and, on paper, are a genuine title contender.

Anything less will be a disappointment. 

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