Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler believes young gun Josh Schuster should join Cade Cust in the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles team as they look to kick-start their season against the South Sydney Rabbitohs tomorrow.
Manly had a tough start to the season after going down 46-4 to the Sydney Roosters prompting coach Des Hasler to include Cust on the bench after he starred for their feeder club, Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.
The versatile 22-year-old finished the game with three tries and three try assists, resulting in his first NRL game since Round 18 last year, but Fittler believes that isn’t the only change Hasler should make.
“I’d be putting Josh Schuster and Cade Cust in,” Fittler told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the Eighth.
“Schuster can play a few positions, as a centre, back, backrow or as a lock, he’s a big boy.
“I’d be playing him off the bench. He’s got all that finesse so get him in there.
“There’s a few young blokes you’ve got to start putting in.”
Schuster, who was named SG Ball Cup Player of the Year in 2019, has already had a taste of the top grade after he debuted at five-eighth for the Sea Eagles in Round 17 last year in a 34-32 loss to the Wests Tigers.
It’s been a less than ideal start to 2021 for Manly and they will be looking to turn things around against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Lottoland on Saturday 20th March.