Manly back-rower Curtis Sironen has revealed his desire to play alongside his off-contract younger brother Bayley at the Sea Eagles next season.
Sironen junior is yet to re-sign at the Rabbitohs despite an impressive season with 14 games, including a try and a total of 1127 running metres.
The uncertainty around his future has opened the door for his big brother Curtis to dream about joining forces with his sibling at Brookvale.
“Bayley and I have never really spoken about it, because he was always that little bit younger, but I would love to get a chance to play with him one day,” Curtis told NRL Tonight.
Bayley Sironen is off contract at Souths. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia
“There are a couple of back-row spots that have popped up (at Manly).
“Hopefully, (recruitment officer) Crusher Cleal is floating around training in the next couple of weeks.
“Even Dessie, I’ll put in a good word.
“If the stars align then happy days, but if not I think he is pretty happy at Souths.”
Bayley’s Rabbitohs have beaten big brother Curtis on the two occasions they’ve played against Manly, including a 56-16 hammering in round 15.
The heavy defeat was tough to take for Sironen senior, but luckily he escaped any sledging from his little brother.
“He (didn’t say anything), he is very humble,” Curtis said.
“He is the complete opposite of me. He is very quiet, and he just goes about his work.”
Curtis’s respect for his younger brother Bayley is so strong that he will put his Manly allegiance aside to cheer for the Rabbitohs as they push for a premiership.
“I hate to say it, but I’ll probably be supporting South Sydney in their finals series,” he said.
“I’m really proud of Bayley. He has taken a bit of a different route.
“He has played a lot of reserve grade and really worked hard. He was a part-timer for a long time there and he just stuck at it.
“He is really resilient and to see him getting week to week footy, I’m so proud of him.”
Kieran Foran during his Manly days. Picture Gregg PorteousSource:News Corp Australia
Meanwhile, Curtis says he would welcome former premiership-winning Manly playmaker Kieran Foran back to Brookvale.
Foran is unwanted at Canterbury but is keen to continue his NRL career at another club.
“Of course, especially after losing Joel Thompson this year who is one of our most experienced guys and a massive leader,” he said.
“So, to bring in someone like (Foran), with the high regard that everyone holds him in.
“I think he is one of the most respected guys in the whole comp.
“He has had a few injuries here and there, but I don’t think it takes away from his performance.
“We have also got a few young five-eighths in the ranks that could probably learn a few things.
“He would also take some of the heat off Cherry (Evans) as well, so I think it would only be a positive to bring in someone like that.”
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