Suli impresses Sea Eagles reserves

Scott Bailey

Manly's reserve grade players say they have been nothing but impressed by young centre Moses Suli during his time with them before his first NRL game for the club.

Suli will turn out in the centres for the Sea Eagles on Sunday against the Sydney Roosters, after he was upgraded to Manly's full-time roster this week.

It capped off a remarkable four-month run for the 19-year-old, who has gone from being one of the highest paid youngsters at the Wests Tigers before he was sacked by two clubs over the summer.

He arrived at Manly desperate for another chance in the NRL, and has gradually shown signs of being on the improve in four games for feeder club Blacktown Workers in the NSW Cup.

"The last couple of weeks at Blacktown Moses he has been my centre and doing really good," second-rower Frank Winterstein said.

"He's really coming out of his shell which is great to see. He's a young kid and once he gets his confidence back in the NRL we will see the best of him.

"They have had him doing extra training since he's been here and he's played some great performances with the ISP (reserve grade) team. He definitely deserves his debut this week."

Suli's professional standards was the main issue at both the Tigers and Canterbury before he was released by the clubs during the pre-season.

He also piled on the weight on return from injury, where it was reported he had ballooned from 110kg to 125kg in the second half of last year.

But his new teammates said there had been any similar instances since his arrival.

"Since he's been here I haven't seen any attitude worries with Moses," Winterstein said.

"He has been throwing himself right into training, he's been sticking in and doing a great job,

"He was a big boy when he came here. He's definitely gone through some kilograms and I think the game time at Blacktown has helped his game."

Meanwhile, Sunday's clash also marks a vital one for Winterstein after he was named to come off the bench following Jack Gosiewski's broken hand.

The former rugby union player was a surprise packet for Manly in 2017 as he started in every game and ran with real vigour on the left edge, but has played just 30 minutes across two matches this year.

"I dont know (why), I think it has to do with the balance of the team," Winterstein said.

"I'm definitely looking to take that chance this week coming off the bench.

"I just need to do my thing and make sure I don't give him an excuse to put me back to the ISP (reserve grade)."