Written by John Davidson
Former Manly assistant coach Willie Peters believes Anthony Seibold will be a hit with the Sea Eagles this year.
Seibold has taken the reins at Brookvale following the axing of Des Hasler.
Peters, who was once an assistant under Trent Barrett at Manly, also worked with Seibold for several years at South Sydney and then at the Newcastle Knights.
Now head coach at Hull KR in England’s Super League, the former Dragons and Bunnies halfback feels Seibold can help turn the Sea Eagles around after they missed the finals in 2022.
“I’m really happy ‘Seebs’ has got another opportunity,” Peters told Everything Rugby League.
“I worked closely with him when he came to Newcastle.
“We spent a lot of time together in the bubble up in Queensland and obviously built a stronger relationship then we already had.
“I knew he was going to be a head coach again, it was just a matter of when.
“He’s obviously got some experience from Eddie Jones and being in that environment, it’s a world-class environment.
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“’Seebs’ need another opportunity and I believe he will be successful because he’s a hard worker, he’s got a high attention to detail.
“There’s no doubt he would have learnt from the past, having conversations with him, he owns a great deal of what happened, whether it was right or wrong, under him. But he’s owned it.
“Now he’s in a better position, three or four years later, with Manly.
“I’m excited to see where he can go with it.”
Seibold has brought a new coaching staff with him at the Sea Eagles, which includes Shane Flanagan and Jim Dymock.
Peters remains in regular contact with Seibold, and describes the ex-Souths and Brisbane head coach as “very organised, he’s process-driven and a lot of detail in what he does”.
The Sea Eagles will be hoping star man Tommy Tbrojevic can stay fit after an injury-interrupted 2022 campaign.
“If Tom plays then Manly are pushing for a top four spot.
“At the end of the day, when you’re missing a player of his calibre – Dally M player of the year two years ago and they make the top four – then he doesn’t play the majority of the year last year, that’s a massive factor.”