Manly Sea Eagles legend Bob Fulton to lend hand

MANLY players have reacted positively to news club legend Bob Fulton will return to Brookvale Oval, declaring they can turn around one of the club's worst starts to a season.

As foreshadowed exclusively by APN on March 10, the club has head-hunted Fulton to help dig it out of a hole following the departure of several star players, including Glenn Stewart and Anthony Watmough. That situation will be exacerbated at the end of the season when halves Daly Cherry-Evans (Gold Coast) and Kieran Foran (Parramatta) pack their bags.

The impact of having an Immortal such as Fulton back at the club was instant.

Senior players, including Kiwi centre Steve Matai, were already talking up their chances after dropping five of their opening six games to sit last on the NRL ladder.

Fulton, who won three premierships as a player in 1972-73 and 76, and another two as a coach in 1987 and 1996, has accepted a role as Manly's strategic consultant.

It seems clear his brief will involve re-stocking the club's talent pool, as well as helping coach Geoff Toovey negotiate the rest of the season.

Toovey, though, is far from out of the woods, with reports the Sea Eagles have already sounded out a couple of potential coaches for next season, including former Dragons mentor Nathan Brown.

Meanwhile, the Brisbane Broncos have re-signed hooker Andrew McCullough.

The 25-year-old hooker, who has already racked up 154 NRL matches for the club, will be a Bronco until at least the end of the 2017 season after penning a new two-year deal.

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