Manly great Steve Menzies disappointed at no Manly offer

The Manly Sea Eagles had the chance to offer Steve ‘Beaver’ Menzies a contract, but they didn’t. Not doing so has made the club stalwart fairly disappointed as a result.

Menzies, who will be 37 when he laces his boots to play for ESL club Catalans, has revealed that had Manly tabled him an offer, he would have considered one final swansong with the club that has made him a household name.

Whilst he acknowledges that the salary cap plays a part in the pressure clubs face, but he has struggled over the years to play for any team bar the Sea Eagles.

“I was disappointed I had to leave in the first place, I was disappointed last year and disappointed again now,” says Menzies.

“Only playing for one club in the NRL, I always just wanted to play for them.

“If I had an offer it would have been a hard decision, there’s been a bit written in the paper but there was never really any offer or much talk to Manly at all. It was always a 95 per cent chance it was going to be over (in Super League), but I’m really excited about going to Catalans.

Menzies has been asked if 2011 willbe his last year, but he said he may not be able to say not to playing as a 38 year old.

Having played alongside fellow Manly great Cliff Lyons for so many years, Beaver has said that many benefits have come as a result of playing alongside Cliffy.

“Maybe all those passes he threw to me, he’s flicked something else onto me, some craziness that I want to keep playing year after year,” he said.

“I promise this will be probably, definitely my last one. I can’t play again, surely!

Since Brett Stewart was cleared of his sexual assault charges, Menzies acknowledged that he has spoken with Stewart.

“It’s a great outcome for him and the club, having something like that hanging over you, I don’t think any of us can really imagine something like that hanging over your head for such a long period of time,” he said.

“I spoke to him the other day and he sounds like a different person so hopefully he can put it in the past and move on and get back to playing footy and scoring tries and enjoying his life.”

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