PARRAMATTA prop Justin Poore is set to leave the club before the June 30 deadline, the Mole reports in today’s Rugby League Week.
Canberra are favourites to sign Poore, who hasn’t really settled in since moving from St George Illawarra in 2010. The Mole also gives details of Newcastle’s overtures for Canterbury’s David Stagg.
Gold Coast managing director Michael Searle has made it clear he is going nowhere are finding three new investors to save the club.
“It’s my hard-earned on the line,” he tells League Week. “I just brought three new investors to the club and I’m sure they don’t want me to just walk away.
“We’re review the structure and I’ll have a role somewhere.”
Elsewhere, North Queensland’s Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen have been hailed as the best club combination since Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny at Parramatta 30 years ago.
Bowen is under consideration to replace the injured Billy Slater in the Queensland side for Origin III.
“Kenny and Sterling was certainly a combination you would put in that category in the 1980s,” said league historian David Middleton. “Since then we’ve had the Johns brothers at Newcastle but there are not that many that spring to mind.”
League Week also reports how Ricky Stuart is being linked to St George Illawarra and about Tariq Sims’ bid to be back from a broken leg during the finals.
“There’s not as much muscle loss as last time,” he said, in reference to a previous break of the same ankle.
And RLW talks to fullbacks-come-managers Clinton Schifcofske and Luke Patten about their new careers.
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