Having missed the past two finals series, Wynnum Manly Seagulls coach Adam Brideson has freshened up his squad for the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season.
Despite Seagulls' 2018 Intrust Super Cup Player of the Year Daniel Ogden and Til Vea retiring, and losing star second rower Mitchell Frei to Souths Logan Magpies and Peter Gubb to Ipswich Jets, a few key signings will look to pump up the club's chances of making the top eight this year.
Young half Sam Scarlett - described by Brideson as "a high quality half... a leader and a competitor" - is one of the key signings for the Seagulls, as well as Papua New Guinea internationals Rahdly Brawa and Edene Gebbie and New Zealand Warriors trio Matiu Love-Henry, Junior Pauga and Patrick Sipley.
Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban said each of the players would "bring hunger and desire every day they come to work to improve their personal development and that of the team".
"Importantly, they are all good young men who will make a positive contribution to our club and the local community," Laban said.
GAINS: Sam Scarlett (Brisbane Broncos / Souths Logan Magpies), Salesi Funaki (Brisbane Broncos / Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Keenan Palasia (Brisbane Broncos), Moses Pangai (Brisbane Broncos / Redcliffe Dolphins), Matiu Love-Henry (New Zealand Warriors), Junior Pauga (New Zealand Warriors), Patrick Sipley (New Zealand Warriors), Edene Gebbie (PNG Hunters), Rahdly Brawa (PNG Hunters), Matt Groat (Easts Tigers), Tristan Hope (Redcliffe Dolphins), Richie Kennar (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Edwin Ipape (Lae Snax Tigers), Jordan Drew (Townsville Blackhawks)
LOSSES: Daniel Ogden (Retired), Michael Dobson (Retired), Atelea (Til) Vea (Retired), Mitchell Moore (Retired), Joshua Hoffman (Retired), Jeriah Goodrich (Retired), Billy Solah (Retired), Peter Gubb (Ipswich Jets), Shaun Nona (Townsville Blackhawks), Stedman Lefau (Norths Devils), Mitchell Frei (Souths Logan Magpies), Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard (New Zealand Warriors)
Where they finished in 2018: 12th
Coach for 2019: Adam Brideson
Match: Falcons v WM Seagulls
Round 1 -
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
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