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The unsung Manly hero helping Trbojevic soar to new heights

“It’s great he thinks I’ve helped his game out in some way, but he’s actually helped my game out by turning half opportunities into full opportunities,” Foran told the Herald.

“You call a play, you execute the play to the best of your ability, and Tommy puts the icing on the cake every time. Great players do that.

Give us a hug ... celebrating another ‘Turbo’ try.

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“He’s such an intelligent footballer, we can change our plan on the run, you need to be able to adapt, and if opposition teams are defending what you’re throwing at them, there’s no point doing the same thing.

“For us, we have been able to adapt and throw more variations, which keeps the opposition teams guessing. If we can find a mis-match with Tommy on a slower guy, with the form he is in he will cause havoc across the park.”

Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans watched Foran and Trbojevic mix things up on the run against Canterbury just a couple of weeks ago when they trailed at half-time.

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“We kept going down the left edge with a particular shape, but the Dogs kept shutting it down,” Cherry-Evans said.

“Foz and Tommy then said, ‘Let’s use this one and that [play]’, and in the second half Tommy did a lot of the heavy lifting, but there was a lot of nice work beforehand with Foz at the forefront.”

Foran won premierships with Manly great Brett Stewart, and said it was always unfair to compare the two fullbacks because they played in different eras under different rules.

“The way the game has gone today, it’s more of an attacking game, and ten years ago there were not any rolling rucks and the defensive lines were set more, so it’s hard to com-pare,” Foran said.

“But when it comes to whether we’ve seen a fullback be so physically dominating, I don’t think we have.

“Certainly since I’ve played, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player like Tom be so physically imposing on the game with strength and speed and movement – it’s pretty incredible what we’ve been able to play alongside and witness as the year has gone on. I’ve ever seen anything like it in my time.”

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