SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Jake Trbojevic and Tom Trbojevic (L-R) pose for a photo after they are announced to re-sign with the Manly Sea Eagles for a further 6 years during Manly Warringah Sea Eagles media conference at the Sydney Academy of Sport on November 15, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jaimi Chisholm/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Jake Trbojevic and Tom Trbojevic (L-R) pose for a photo after they are announced to re-sign with the Manly Sea Eagles for a further 6 years during Manly Warringah Sea Eagles media conference at the Sydney Academy of Sport on November 15, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jaimi Chisholm/Getty Images)

Trbojevic lifts lid on how Sea Eagles will line up

Manly's Tom Trbojevic has confirmed brother Jake as a starter in Sunday's round one clash against the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland.

Jake suffered a shoulder injury last year which required surgery and he went under the knife in early November. Initially, it was expected the forward would miss the opening rounds of season 2020.

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Both Jake and Tom are set to return from injury affected seasons in 2019. Picture: Getty Images.
Both Jake and Tom are set to return from injury affected seasons in 2019. Picture: Getty Images.

"I reckon we'll see him [Jake] out there which will be good, so it's exciting. It's good to be back. It has been a long pre-season as it has for everyone else. His recovery went really well and his shoulder has pulled up quite well, everyone has done a good job to get him back out there," Trobjoevic said.

The fullback is making a comeback from his own injury on Sunday afternoon. Trbojevic suffered a pectoral tear against the Storm in round 24 last year.

"I'm feeling really fit and I'm ready to go, there's no better way to start off the season for us than at Lottoland on Sunday arvo against Melbourne, it will be a good test," Trbojevic said.

Tom Trbojevic struggled with hamstring and pectoral injuries in 2019. Picture: Brett Costello
Tom Trbojevic struggled with hamstring and pectoral injuries in 2019. Picture: Brett Costello

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Mammoth forward Haumole Olakauatu, who made his NRL debut off the bench in the 2019 finals series, has earned himself another selection in coach Des Hasler's round one side.

Trbojevic is backing Olakauatu to cement a spot in the top 17 in season 2020.

"He played for us in a couple of games in the finals and went really well. He's big and strong. He actually causes us a lot of trouble at training. He's very deserving of the opportunity and I can't wait to see him out there," Trbojevic said.

 

Addin Fonua Blake and Jake Trbojevic are both set to play despite racing the clock to recover from shoulder surgery. Picture: Instagram.
Addin Fonua Blake and Jake Trbojevic are both set to play despite racing the clock to recover from shoulder surgery. Picture: Instagram.

Up front Addin Fonua-Blake was also named to make a return from a shoulder injury. Both Fonua-Blake and Jake Trbojevic will play on Sunday without a trial match under their belt. It could mean more game time for Olakau'atu.

"It all depends, he can play back row and in the middle so it depends on how our backrowers and middles go - Jake and Addin obviously haven't played much, they haven't had a trial so it'll be interesting to see how they go," Trbojevic said.



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