Competing for the first time under a new partnership with Blacktown Workers, few know what to expect of the Sea Eagles in 2017. The side from Manly-Warringah slumped to 11th position last season and hadn't won a title since the NSWRL First Division began in 1998, but there is hope that they will reap the benefits of the move to Western Sydney. A large group of players were told to move on at the end of 2016, with their replacements coming from all around the country under a bold plan by head coach Trent Barrett. Blacktown Workers has long been a fruitful Rugby League nursery, however, and will provide a new and exciting pathway for local players, with a number of triple-headers scheduled across the three senior grades at new home H.E. Laybutt Field.
How the change affects remaining Sea Eagles players, staff and the rest of the competition is anyone's guess, but it is sure to open up a new chapter in the history of two of Rugby League's proudest clubs.
After last year's competition came down to just a single point, the 2017 Intrust Super Premiership shapes up as one of the most intriguing ever
They will enter the state's premier competition, the Intrust Super Premiership NSW
One of the best offloaders in the competition was unlucky not to get NRL game time this year
They challenged the top teams, but with a horror defensive record the Sea Eagles couldn't be a force this season
Intrust Super Premiership NSW Match Report: Newtown v Manly