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Injured stars unlikely to play for Manly

Manly are unlikely to risk injured trio Jamie Lyon, Shane Rodney and Brett Stewart in next weekend’s NRL trial match against the Warriors in New Zealand. The club will find out the seriousness of Jamie Lyon’s strained ankle ligaments on Wednesday, but they are prepared to give him as much rest as possible before their season-opener against Melbourne on March 12. Coach Des Hasler said Lyon, who injured the troublesome ankle in the first half of Saturday’s NRL All Stars clash on the Gold Coast, was not in doubt for round one. In better news for the club, cult hero George Rose will not miss any football despite suffering a broken nose in the All Stars game. Continue reading

Hodkinson looking For an opportunity

Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV)  is in a two way battle with Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) to secure the halback position along side Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV), which was vacated by Matt Orford who has moved to England. A former Parramatta low grader, Hodkinson has been training strongly while Foran has been missing due to injury. The pair will have a final trial match against the Warriors in 11 days before coach Des Hasler names his new No.7. Coach Hasler was, as always, playing his cards close to his chest but did not rule out starting both against the Tigers in Round 1. “There is a process we are working through. It’s all about opportunity and they have to step up to the mark. Jamie is an option in the halves but he’s also a handy centre.” Jamie Lyon has played centre at a test level but Manly will have to consider Ben Farrar ($104,100 CTW/HLV) and Steve Matai ($103,900 CTW), Farrar has also played on the wing but again have David Williams ($102,800 CTW) and Michael Robertson ($91,100 CTW) to consider if a reshuffle were to take place.