SEA Eagles legend Bob Fulton says he is more than comfortable with his decision to step down from his role as the “fixer” saying the club is now where he wants it to be.
The rugby league Immortal adopted the mantra “as long as it takes” when he was recruited by Manly owners Scott anD Rick Penn with a handshake deal to overhaul the club from the juniors right up to the NRL.
“That included the restructuring of the football staff and also the recruitment and retention of players,” he said.
Two years on Fulton has confirmed he is stepping down as was reported by Manly Daily columnist Peter Peters on September 29.
“I feel and so do the owners after I had a talk with Scott and Rick about six weeks ago that we were well on the way to achieving a situation where I could exit,” he said.
“I was quite surprised about how quickly it happened, I thought it might take a year longer.
“But we facilitated a complete turnaround on all areas of the football department.
“And I am more than comfortable making the decision that I have because it is going to be in good hands moving forward.”
This season the Harold Matthews side made the grand final for the first time, the under 20s were premiers for the first time and the NRL side came sixth when no experts had predicted a top eight finish.
“The club is where I wanted it to be,” Fulton said.
“I am convinced Manly is ready to go to the next level under head coach Trent Barrett.
“The club is on the launching pad to surpass what they dd in 2017.”