QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga expects Brisbane centre Jack Reed to turn down England if he is selected by them for this year’s Four Nations.
Reed was born in Airedale near Castleford and his agent, Jim Banaghan, has previously confirmed in Rugby League Week an approach from England coach Steve McNamara over his availability.
“I’ve had a chat to Jack and I’m pretty sure he wants to play for Queensland,” Meninga tells RLW. “I gave him some assurances.
“He’s going really well, he’d be an asset to the Queensland squad. He’s really put a stamp on the competition.”
Asked if he felt there was any chance of Reed saying yes to England, Meninga replied: “Well, I hope not. I’ve had a bit a yarn to Jack .. this was only around a month and a half ago.”
Raised in Ispwich and Bribie Island, Reed was again a star in Saturday night’s 21-20 win over the Warriors, scoring his ninth try of the season from a Peter Wallace bomb.
“They put them on the spot for me and I’ve finally caught one,” Reed said. “I think I’ve dropped about four this year.
“We’ve been trying to take every game as if it’s a finals match. We’re going in with that intensity … we like to know we can win that way.”
Reed says he’s slowly getting used to being recognised in the street. “I stand out like a bit of a sore thumb, a big red-headed fella,” the former labourer said
“It’s definitely a bit different. It’s not ‘go and get the mud for the render’, it’s ‘how you going, good game’. It’s great.”
He says strangers often confuse him with fellow red-head Wallace. “They pick one of us, eventually they’ll get it right,” he said.
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