Wynnum will no doubt look to new recruits such as Lachlan Maranta and Lloyd Perrett to add a point of difference in their attack this season, but you can expect captain, Mitch Cronin, to lead the way again in creating opportunities in and around the ruck.
For Easts, they will be led by Intrust Super Cup veteran Brett Grienke, whose hard edge always adds sting to the Easts defensive line.
Last year saw the Seagulls win this clash in Round 9 (38-22) and Round 19 (18-2) but with Easts once again affiliated with the Melbourne Storm they are sure to be near the top of the table in season 2020.
Dearden made his Broncos and NRL debut in 2019, while also impressing in his time with the Seagulls. His introduction to the Broncos saw the team go on a winning run, before injury cruelly cut his season short. 2020 will see Dearden compete with Broncos’ new recruit Brodie Croft for the no.7 jersey.
Carrigan has established himself as a regular first grader in the Broncos line-up, with many touting him as a future captain of the club. Before he was a regular Bronco though, Carrigan was a Seagulls fan favourite.
Kennar’s path has been a little different to Dearden and Carrigan as he joined the Seagulls and then the Broncos via Souths Sydney and an aborted Mormon mission to Scotland. Kennar grabbed his opportunity in last pre-season but unfortunately an injury limited him to only a handful of games for the Grand Finalist Seagulls. No doubt he will be looking for better luck on the injury front in 2020.
A Wynnum-Manly team playing in fear of not living up to their immense potential won a demolition derby style of grand final over a courageous Brothers by 14-6. Two desperate Seagulls tries in the last 12 minutes wrenched a long-awaited premiership from Brothers’ grasp, ensuring Wynnum-Manly would not be cast as finals chokers.
After enjoying what he rated as the sweetest moment of his career, Seagulls captain-coach Wally Lewis admitted he had periodically rubbed salt into the still open wound from last years’ grand final loss to Souths during the six weeks leading up to the match.