The Finals are done, and the contract deadline has passed, officially opening the NRL’s silly season. Smart Signings will provide sanity amid the gossip and conjecture, dissecting clubs’ weaknesses and needs. Manly’s 2023 season saw a solid performance, but losses at home to teams like the Titans are concerning. The team needs to keep their best players on the field. With a new coach and strategy, they have potential for a top-eight, possibly top-four, roster. New arrivals like Luke Brooks at five-eighth and other options have bolstered the team. Manly’s roster is almost complete, with limited turnover, positioning them effectively for 2024. However, potential departures and injuries, especially in the middle, remain a concern. They need a versatile player to cover hooker and middle positions. Names like Ray Stone and Jazz Tevaga have been mentioned as potential signings. Manly needs to make strategic moves given their salary cap position. If they can maintain their style and keep key players on the field, they have the potential for a strong season in 2024.

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