The world of NRL always sees players moving clubs either for a new challenge and a new opportunity, or because they wish to continue playing alongside a mentor – and for Manly Sea Eagles prop Brent Kite, whilst disappointed to leave the club that he loves, he looks forward to his time at the Penrith Panthers, signing a 2-year deal with the Western Sydney side starting in 2014.
The deal is likely to be Kite’s last given he is 33 years of age, and the 2008 Clive Churchill Medalist was aggrieved at having to leave Manly but looking forward to the new opportunity.
â€œI would have loved to finish my career at Manly, the club that Iâ€™ve given a great deal to, and the club thatâ€™s given a great deal to me,â€ Kite said.
â€œUnfortunately, successful teams can never hang on to everyone, but at Manly weâ€™ve managed to do this better than anyone else in recent times.
â€œWe donâ€™t have a â€˜Big Threeâ€™, we have a â€˜Big Team,â€™ and Iâ€™m proud to be part of all the success weâ€™ve had.
â€œWe have so many guys who have shown true loyalty to their mates, and Iâ€™ll miss them all.
â€œThanks to the fans who have always been kind to me and my family, and to everyone at the club, even old Dessie for getting me here.â€ Kite quipped.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey praised Kite and what he has done for the club since joining them in 2005, as well as the work he has done this year in the absence of fellow prop Jason King through injury.
â€œThe platform he has given this club since debuting here in 2005 cannot be understated. His work rate and commitment are a lesson for any young forward coming through,â€ Toovey said.
â€œYou only have to look at the strong fashion in which heâ€™s started 2013, especially with co-captain Jason King sidelined in the early rounds, to understand what Brentâ€™s about.â€