When you think of Manly forward Darcy Lussick, it may be easy to overlook the fact that he is playing consistent footy off the Manly bench – but rather, you remember him for his role in the Brookvale brawl last year, in a game between Manly and the Melbourne Storm.
Despite that incident however, Lussick wants to be remembered for something else, the way he plays – rather than that brawl – but he knows that like any spiteful clash, there may be some fireworks expected once more.
“It goes without saying we know we’re always in for a tough game against Melbourne and you’d like to think they feel the same,” Lussick said.
“Every time we play it’s always pretty intense.”
Lussick’s involvement in that tussle, saw him cop a three-week suspension.
“To be honest, after the way it all unfolded last year I tried to leave it behind and move on,” Lussick said.
“We haven’t spoken about it as a team or anything like that, but in saying that there is obviously a healthy rivalry there.”
With Lussick becoming the third Eels player to leave the club last week, the Manly prop forward said that it was difficult to break the news to Manly coach Geoff Toovey.
“I never really wanted to leave Manly but there’s a good opportunity at Parramatta so I’ll focus on that once this season’s over,” Lussick said.
“I’m not worried about Parramatta or how they’re going, I’ll worry about that when the time comes around in November.
“(Signing with them) played on my mind a fair bit and I was tossing and turning in terms of making a decision.
“I went into Tooves’ office and told him. That was pretty hard. At the end of training, I told the boys and they were all really good.
“Tooves was disappointed but he wished me the best of luck.”
Despite the history that the two sides share, Toovey is not too fussed about the match boiling over again.
“We’ve already fought half that battle when we played Wests Tigers and the main two instigators in Adam Blair and Glenn Stewart came up against one another earlier in the season,” Toovey said.
“From our perspective, it will be business as usual. We’re coming up against one of the best sides in the competition who have been very consistent over a long period of time.
“There’s still a great rivalry between the two sides and I’m sure that will be on show at Brookvale Oval.”