The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:109097848.jpgNote: To protect against computer viruses, e-mail programs may prevent sending or receiving certain types of file attachments. Check your e-mail security settings to determine how attachments are handled.109097848.jpgManly legend Steve Menzies will come out of retirement to play for the Sea Eagles in the Auckland Nines, and the 40-year-old hasn’t closed the door on the possibility of another stint in the NRL.
Menzies will be included in Manly’s 16-man Nines squad to be announced on Tuesday. He will wear the Sea Eagles jersey for the first time since 2008 when he runs out on to Eden Park this weekend.
However, it is understood the Sea Eagles are not just interested in Menzies returning for the short form of the game and are thinking about signing the veteran to a one-year deal.
Menzies, six matches behind Darren Lockyer (355) on the list of most first-grade matches, says an NRL comeback is a long shot but won’t shut the door completely on what would be a remarkable return to the top level.
”This isn’t really a stepping board, this is not what it is about,” Menzies says. ”There was a bit of speculation joking about a $1 contract, but it’s nothing that has been spoken about.
”If suddenly they got 10 injuries and the situation changed and they approached me, I’d have to consider it. But that’s a different prospect altogether. Nothing’s been said at this stage.”
If Menzies was to make a shock comeback to the NRL, he’d be the oldest player in the history of first-grade rugby league in Australia. North Sydney’s Billy Wilson holds the record from when he played at the age of 40 years and five days in 1967.
Menzies – who is 40 years and 69 days old – is older than NRL coaches Steve Price (St George Illawarra), Trent Robinson (Sydney Roosters), Michael Maguire (South Sydney) and Brad Arthur (Parramatta).
But unlike the 42-year-old Brad Fittler, who will make his return for the Roosters in the Nines after 10 years out of the game, Menzies only hung up the boots a few months ago after he spent 21 years in the top grade, which included 16 years for Manly in the NRL and five years in the English Super League playing for Bradford and Catalans.
It was the news last month of Fittler’s return that prompted Manly officials to bring back the ”Beaver”. Menzies has been training part-time with the NRL squad for the past fortnight, albeit before work as a sales director at Pure Performance Golf Labs in Alexandria, a business he co-founded.
”It feels a bit old school having to go to training in the morning then going to your job,” he says. ”That’s the way I started and that’s the way I’m going to finish.
”But to put the Manly jersey on one more time is going to be a nice feeling. Manly is very close to my heart. I’m looking forward to playing with Daly Cherry-Evans. Playing outside someone with his creativity and play-making skills is going to be exciting.”
Menzies won’t get to line up against Fittler unless the Sea Eagles and Roosters meet in the semi-finals or final on Sunday afternoon. But the veteran back-rower believes the concept of having a former great in each team should be explored by all clubs.
”At least I might get the chance to tackle a bloke who is older than me, that’s the only reason I’m playing,” he says. ”There’s no one I don’t want to tackle, but I want to tackle Freddy. He’s the one person I want to tackle. I’m sick of being the oldest everywhere. The last time I played against a bloke who was older than me was in 2007 or 2008 against Ruben Wiki. If this all goes well with me and Freddy, I think Cliffy [Lyons] will be knocking on the door.”
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