Jets star confirms switch from Broncos to Sea Eagles

Matt Parcell
Matt Parcell Rob Williams

THIRD choice at the Brisbane Broncos or a crack at being the main man at Manly Warringah with a three year contract?

In the end it was no contest as Ipswich hooker Matt Parcell signed with the Sea Eagles.

The hardest part was keeping a lid on the decision, which was officially made public following Manly's weekend loss to Parramatta, which knocked them out of finals reckoning.

The impending clean-out of coach Geoff Toovey and starting rake Matt Ballin, has provided the green light for Parcell to speak publicly about the move.

"It's good to finally get it out," Parcell said.

"I'm looking forward to next year. It was a really good opportunity down there and too good to say no."

Manly legend Bob Fulton initially approached Parcell, letting him know there was an opportunity for him at the Sea Eagles.

But it was conversations with incoming coach Trent Barrett that convinced him he could secure the nine jersey.

"Hopefully I'll be starting," Parcell said. "I know I can't count on anything. I have to train hard in pre-season."

That is something Parcell and Manly can count on. Parcell proved it at the Brisbane Broncos at the end of last year.

His commitment at pre-season training earned him a spot in the Broncos side for the Auckland Nines and convinced Wayne Bennett to bring him into the NRL side when back-up rake Kodi Nikorima got injured.

Parcell repaid the faith, doing everything asked of him in the six games he played, helping the Broncos to the top of the competition.

"In my first game I was a bit nervous but after that I was confident I could play NRL," he said.

The highlight of Parcell's time as a Bronco came in the gutsy win over the Melbourne Storm in June. His final tackle, when he threw his body into the path of a rampaging Felise Kaufusi, denying what appeared a certain try, convinced many he was an NRL star in the making.

"In the Storm game I went on with 25 minutes to go," he said.

"I made 30 tackles in that time and made that tackle at the end. We were under the pump the whole time. When you've got Cameron Smith and everyone running at you and you can hold your own (it is a big confidence boost)."


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