Ben Cross Wants To Work With Young Prop Stars

Widnes - Ben CrossBy STEVE MASCORD

FORMER NSW enforcer Ben Cross wants to return to Australia and mentor young props for a living.

The 34-year-old tells League Week he will likely retire at the end of this season with Widnes, although he’s open to the idea of another year of the club wants him.

And when he finishes he has his heart set on doing the same thing for prop forwards as former Newcastle team-mate Andrew Johns does for halves.

“At this stage it’s probably 95 per cent that this will be it,” Cross says of 2013. “The family’s pretty keen to go home but they would stay another year.

“I’ve got a big passion for (the game). I definitely want to get into coaching, mentoring, something to do with juniors, working with the seniors.

“ I’m going to get on the phone shortly and talk to a couple of old coaches in Bellyache (Craig Bellamy) and Michael Maguire and a couple of the Newcastle coaching staff.

“With Rick Stone being the assistant there, I played under him in my time there and Wayne Bennett is always looking for new blood, Danny Buderus will hang around.

“I’ll start making those phone calls now and laying the foundations. I’m doing all the right things over here, coaching a few junior teams to get some experience.”

Cross played for Country Origin and NSW in 2007 and 2008.

Filed for: LEAGUE WEEK

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