The Sea Eagles are fortunate the NRL is picking up the excessive baggage bill as details of just what a professional football team needs for two months on the road is revealed.
Given just three days to pack up and move out of Covid-hit Sydney to their base on the Sunshine Coast, the Manly coaching staff crammed a cargo container full of training and rehab gear that took 48 hours to reach them by train.
The shipment included large wrestle mats, 40kg tackle bags, normal tackle bags, weight plates, force plates, weighted balls, 65kg and 75kg deadballs, cardio and assault bikes, an electronic massage table, BSC supplements for six weeks, indoor HR/effort monitoring systems, medical and strapping supplies, specific rehabilitation gym equipment, extra coaching whiteboards and alternative playing kits.
That's not where it ends. The Sea Eagles packed an additional 40 pieces of game-day equipment along with sponsorship and supporter paraphernalia/sponsor advertising for the admin team.
"When we are asked to relocate, Des (Hasler) wanted everything, including the intensity of our training sessions, moved - all of it," Manly's Head of Performance, Don Singe, told Inside Back. "Everything we've taken is absolutely essential to the day-to-day running of the team. Our field and indoor sessions are deemed 'competitive preparation standard' and will be delivered with the same mindset and physical preparation as if we were back at Narrabeen."
Amid all the gear transported north, there was even room to squeeze in Singe's trusty Yamaha acoustic guitar so he can jam with fellow enthusiasts Jake Trbojevic and Reuben Garrick. The trio play anything from Credence Clearwater Revival to Pearl Jam, with Trbojevic sneaking in a few of his favourite country and western tunes. "We're not quite the Gypsy Kings - there's plenty of bass thumping," Singe laughed.
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