The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013
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40 NT NEWS. Friday, June 14, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 0 C O L O R : C M Y K LYON STAYS PUT SEA EAGLESVBULLDOGS Manly captain Jamie Lyon is set to re-sign with the club MANLY received a major boost ahead of tonights blockbuster against the Canterbury Bulldogs, with skipper Jamie Lyon agreeing to finish his decorated career at Brookvale. Lyon has committed to inking a three-year extension, ending months of speculation about his future. Lyons management met with Sea Eagles officials yesterday and, although the deal is yet to be formalised, the star centre has given assurances hes staying put. Fears have been held about Lyon leaving the club since the Titans made a bold bid for his services. Gold Coast wanted Lyon to move immediately, but the 31-year-old wasnt interested in shifting this season. The Titans continued to show warm interest in signing him from next year onwards, but the NRLs most aggressive buyers the New Zealand Warriors weighed in most heavily. But after some upheavals early in his career, Lyon has found peace on Sydneys northern beaches and was always going to be difficult to shift. Hes well known for being very close to his young family, retiring from Origin duty three years ago to stay close to home throughout the season. His long-term signature leaves winger David Wil liams as Manlys highestprofile free agent. Thanks to a spate of highprofile extensions over the past 12 months including Keiran Foran, Brett Stewart, Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Ballin and Steve Matai the Sea Eagles are squeezed for salary cap space in 2014. Glenn Stewarts contract is also heavily back-ended, with a raft of increase clauses piled into the final year of his current deal. Both Lyon and Williams are bracing to meet their former coach Des Hasler on familiar turf in one of the seasons most anticipated grudge matches. Another maroon and white defector, Tony Williams, will get a first-hand taste of the bitterness when he returns to Brookvale for the first time since leaving Manly at the end of last year. Canterbury are always hard to play against, Lyon said. Well be coming up against Tony Williams again back here and hes a great competitor, and hell want to play well here at Brookvale. We just have to make sure we close him down but Im not planning on running at him. Former Manly halfback Trent Hodkinson rounds out the returning crew. Im looking forward to it out there at Brookie, Hodkinson said. Im stoked to be back alongside the boys playing footy. Im just trying to grow in confidence and improve my game each week. Ive only come up against Manly once since making the move and Im definitely looking forward to the challenge. Ill probably get a few guys yelling at me from the sidelines when Im kicking for goal, but well see what happens.