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Lyon might return as Manly No.6: Toovey

  • Lyon might return as Manly No.6: Toovey

Manly coach Geoff Toovey will consider shifting skipper Jamie Lyon to five-eighth next NRL season following Kieran Foran's departure.

Manly playmaker Foran on Friday confirmed he had signed a $4.8 million four-year deal with Parramatta, bringing his protracted contract saga to a close.

Toovey says the huge hole partnering Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves will be filled by either promoting one of the club's youngsters, buying an experienced player or Sea Eagles favourite Lyon moving in from the centres.

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Lyon played in the halves when he first joined the Sea Eagles in 2007 and was at five-eighth in Manly's 2008 grand final win over Melbourne.

"It leaves us a bit short; there's lots of options there," Toovey said.

"We've got some great young players coming through, very versatile players.

"That key position is a vital one and it will be difficult to fill.

"Jamie Lyon's name has been thrown up - he was there when we won a grand final 40-0. He's not a bad football player."

Toovey confirmed Lyon would return from a strained hamstring on Sunday against Cronulla at Brookvale.

He said while finally having his future sorted would be a relief to Foran, it wouldn't have an on-field effect.

"I think it will add some clarity. I don't think it will take any pressure off him," he said.

"Kieran is a very-focused and dedicated footballer and the pressure he puts on himself is to perform each week - it doesn't matter where he is."

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