Category: WMS News

Seagulls sign NRL centre Matthew Allwood

by Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls have signed New Zealand Warriors’ centre Matthew Allwood until the end of 2019.

Allwood, 24, comes to the club with NRL experience at centre and wing, and will bolster the outside backs ranks at the Seagulls.

Allwood made his NRL debut at age 21 for the Canberra Raiders and played 11 NRL games in his debut season. He then moved to the New Zealand Warriors on a three-year contract where he played 6 NRL games.

The Scone product has starred in the Intrust Super Premiership for the Warriors and represented the NSW Residents in 2016 and 2017.

Seagulls’ CEO Hanan Laban said Allwood was a player they coveted in the off-season.

“(Allwood) is an NRL experienced player who is still quite young and we ranked him as was one of the best available outside backs. He has been one of the dominant centres in the Intrust Super Premiership and we are thrilled to see him wear the Red and Green for the next two seasons.”

Allwood’s speed and toughness are traits that have Seagulls’ coach Adam Brideson excited about his new recruit.

“He has come from an NRL system where he has displayed strong work ethic and ability. He comes highly recommended as a competitive player that will give us some strike out wide.

I am looking forward to working with (Allwood) and I am sure he will fit in well with our playing group.”

Allwood’s Playing History

  • Canberra Raiders NRL 2014
  • New Zealand Warriors NRL 2015-17
  • NSW ISP Residents Team 2016-17

Michael Dobson signs two-year deal with Wynnum Manly

by Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are today pleased to announce the signing of Salford Red Devils half-back Michael Dobson for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Dobson will headline the playmaking core for the Seagulls over the next two seasons and will bring strong leadership to BMD Kougari Oval.

Dobson had an illustrious ten seasons in Super League where he survived a Million Pound Game, guided Salford to their first Challenge Cup semi-final for twenty years and was twice named in the Dream Team at Hull KR.

Dobson said: “I’ve been thinking about it for the last year and I’ve got a young family and it’s time to take the family home.

“I’ve been here for ten seasons now and we’re just ready to go back, settle down and take a step back from full-time rugby league and move onto the next phase.”

Salford Head Coach Ian Watson was full of praise for his departing half-back: “Dobbo is someone you can greatly rely on to commit 100% to the cause which is shown in the amount of respect he commands from the coaching staff and players. He has helped drive and install a fantastic work ethic within the team and club as captain.

“His attitude is one that doesn’t rely on his talents, which are obvious to see, but his desire and hard-working nature which rubs off on all the players around him. His professionalism and performances over the last couple of years for Salford have been a massive reason as to why we’ve progressed to being a top eight club.”

Seagulls Head Coach Adam Brideson is looking forward to working with the veteran half-back: “Dobbo has come highly recommended as a person and a leader, which is very important for our club. We believe he is somebody that will not only fit into our culture but will enhance it with his work ethic and experience.

We struggled for consistency in the halves this season due to injury and he will be very important for us moving forward. He will be able to mentor our young players and also work in with guys like Pat Templeman, Shaun Nona and Aaron Booth next season.”

Dobson and his family are returning to Australia in October. He is recovering from a thumb injury but is expected to be fit to play by the trials.

Dobson’s Playing History

  • Catalans Dragons (2006)
  • Wigan Warriors (2006)
  • Canberra Raiders (2007 – 2008)
  • Hull KR (2008 – 2013)
  • Newcastle Knights (2014)
  • Salford Red Devils (2015 – 2017)

Seagulls Sign Shaun Nona

By Seagulls Media

The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are pleased to announce the recent signing of premiership winning playmaker Shaun Nona for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Nona, 26, has arrived from the St George Illawarra Dragons after signing before the June 30 deadline. The half had been playing for feeder side the Illawarra Cutters where he won an NRL State Championship in 2016.

The injuries to Travis Burns (hand), Patrick Templeman (shoulder – season), Aaron Booth (foot), Mathew Seamark (shoulder/hand) and Mitchell Cronin (hamstring) prompted the Seagulls to add the quality playmaker for this season. Nona’s signing helps fill the void left by this devastating injury toll, whilst adding class to the Seagulls outfit intent on playing finals football.

Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban believes Nona will give the club an extra boost at an important time in the season.

“Shaun is a proven match winner at Intrust Super Cup level and has spent a lot of time in the NRL system with both the Storm and Dragons,” Laban said.

“He has a professional approach to his football and possesses the play making ability to make a difference to our side. Our injured halves are still a few weeks away and we are at the stage of the season where we need to win football games so he has come at a critical time”.

Nona’s signing means that he will return to the Intrust Super Cup where he played an instrumental role in guiding the Northern Pride to premiership success in 2014.

Shaun Nona: Playing history
> 2016 Intrust Super NSW Premiership Winner – Illawarra Cutters (NRL State Championship Winners)
> 2014 Intrust Super Cup QLD Premiership Winner – Northern Pride (NRL State Championship Winners)

Representative Honors
> NSW Residents: 2016
> QLD Residents: 2014, 2015

Previous Clubs
> St George Illawarra / Illawarra Cutters: 2016 – 2017
> Melbourne Storm / Easts Tigers: 2015
> Northern Pride: 2012 – 2014