Relief as ex-Jets stays grounded
IPSWICH Jets co-coach Ben Walker is relieved his side won't face former teammate Matt Parcell in their trial against Manly this weekend.
The Jets face a powerful Manly Sea Eagles outfit in their final pre-season hit-out at Pittwater Park.
Walker was quietly pleased with the news Parcell would be sidelined with a hamstring injury for the match.
"He was a really important part of our team last year," Walker said.
"We don't want to be playing against one of our own.
"He's a really dangerous player and extremely competitive so I'm pleased we won't be lining up against him."
Walker said his side were ready for a full strength Manly outfit looking to test their new combinations.
"We will certainly be testing their defence," he said. "They will get to see their team in a different light on Saturday."
Speaking from his new home in Manly, Parcell said he would find it tough to watch the Sea Eagles take on his former teammates.
"I'm a bit disappointed, it would have been a lot of fun," Parcell said. "It'll be tough being on the sidelines. I know I'll want to be out there."
Manly coach Trent Barrett has named a strong side featuring new recruits Dylan Walker, Nate Myles, Nathan Green and Martin Taupau.
The game is also the first hit-out for veterans Brett Stewart, Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai, and playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans.
Parcell (pictured) said he believes the Jets will bring something different against his new NRL side.
"Hopefully they can put on a good show and come up with a few tricks Manly haven't seen before," he said.
"It will be a great opportunity for the guys to play against the likes of (Martin) Taupau, (Nate) Myles and (Daly Cherry-Evans) DCE."
Parcell picked up a hamstring injury in the dying moments of Manly's quarter final loss to the Titans at the Auckland Nines.
However, he is on track for round one of the NRL.
Manly host the Jets from 5pm (Queensland time) tomorrow at Pittwater Park.