The Wynnum Manly Seagulls will be looking to put an injury-plagued 2017 season behind them when they hit the field for the Intrust Super Cup competition next year.
With the retirements of a number of commendable performers – including 200+ gamer Mathew Seamark – bound to hit hard; the club has looked abroad for talent with halfback Michael Dobson returning home to Australia following a stint with Salford Red Devils in England; while forward Atelea Vea is also returning to the country after spending the past few seasons with Leigh Centurions.
Formerly aligned to the Brisbane Broncos, the key trio of Mitchell Cronin, Aaron Rockley and Alex Barr have all signed on to the Seagulls fulltime for the 2018 season.
The full list of gains and losses is below. *
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 2018 Gains and Losses
Gains: Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils, UK), Matthew Allwood (New Zealand Warriors), Mitchell Cronin (Brisbane Broncos), Aaron Rockley (Brisbane Broncos), Alex Barr (Brisbane Broncos), Delouise Hoeter (Norths Devils), Lachlan Lee (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs), Atelea Vea (Leigh Centurions, UK)
Losses: Mathew Seamark (retirement), Tanu Wulf (retirement), Andrew Clayton (retirement), Brendon Gibb (Souths Logan Magpies – midseason), Benaiah Bowie (Souths Logan Magpies), Travis Burns (released), Mitchell Buckett (released), Ben Shea (released), Paora Kemp (released), Will Brimson (released), Dan Wallace (released)
Where they finished in 2017: 10th
2018 coach: Adam Brideson
*correct at time of publication
QRL Media will be featuring the Gains and Losses for the 2018 season for each of the Intrust Super Cup clubs in coming weeks. Stay tuned to QRL.com.au to see all the player movement.
2018 Intrust Super Cup Gains and Losses