Haggett the glue for Sea Eagles' new era
Former Sea Eagles player, lower grade coach and incoming Football Operations Manager Charlie Haggett has been quietly working behind the scenes in an attempt to usher in the club's new era as smoothly as possible.
With Trent Barrett preparing for his first season of coaching in the NRL, Haggett is looking to ensure both the former Dally M Medallist and his squad's comfort as the club continues to work past their huge turnover of staff and players alike.
Having officially started in the last week Haggett has been busily working away for the past month at home in Port Stephens to ensure he could hit the ground running upon commencing his role.
Haggett said he was excited to rejoin the Sea Eagles – who he played 175 games (25 in first grade) for during the 80s and coached in the lower grades for much of the 90s –after almost 34 years in the police force and more recently as the Storm and Maroons' security liaison and security manager during football's AFC Asian Cup last year.
"I have to make sure everything is right for the players and everything is set up for them, that and looking after anything the coaches need," Haggett told NRL.com.
"I have to ensure all the registrations and everything involved in that are set so they're right to be on the field, as well as anything else I can do to help as far as any equipment they might need.
"It's a real manager's job in the sense I'll be co-coordinating the careers and welfare side of things – it's everything. Once the season starts it'll involve co-coordinating games and making sure everything's in place, and of course assisting Trent on game day.
"Manly have been very good over the past month or so, even though I haven't been officially in the position I've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and doing budgeting and getting all those things set up.
"They've been helpful in the information they have been able to supply me so I've been able to do a lot from home. Now I'm here I can move forward without having to research things I already know."
Content with his knowledge of the modern game and confident in specialising in player security, Haggett plans on drawing from his time spent as President of the now-defunct Port Stephens Sharks and on the board of the Newcastle Rugby League in previous years.
His work with the Storm in recent seasons also saw him forge a bond with his now Melbourne counterpart Frank Ponissi.
"From what I understand there's a good connection between all the managers in the NRL. They call upon each other for help and advice from time to time and certainly I'll be tapping into Frank on a regular basis," Haggett said.
"Frank's been very helpful this year and when I talked about coming here, he's giving me a bit of advice so he's been very helpful and I'll be making use of his connections to help me out if I need it.
"[On top of that] I've always had an involvement with rugby league so I've kept up to date with where everything's going and where it's heading.
"Having people like Trent Barrett, Anthony Seibold and John Cartwright around now, they are very experienced as coaches and any knowledge I'm lacking I'm sure they'll give me a heads up on."
Haggett is also expecting a fairly more relaxing time than his time spent previously as a superintendent in Newcastle and surrounding areas.
"The experience I had in the management perspective of my police work is very transferable in this role. It certainly makes it easier to communicate with people which is a big positive," Haggett said.
"This role is a real people management role and my experience with so many police officers and with the community puts me in good stead.
"It's a very different role [comparatively] but it's more laid back compared to the police force with all the government issues and politics which go with it. Certainly I have a similar level of responsibility, but not the level of scrutiny as such."