JOHN Sutton is being eased toward a permanent move back to lock as South Sydney prepare to make youngster Luke Keary part of a triple-pronged attacking phalanx for the finals.
Maguire has revealed he will give 21-year-old Keary more and more time in the weeks ahead, with Sutton happy to return to the ranks of forwards in order to make the runaway competition leaders more dangerous in attack.
“It’s happening already,” Maguire tells RLW. “When Luke plays, John Sutton goes to lock and it’s all just down to ‘when’ rather than if.
“Young Luke is coming along really well.”
Sutton has spent plenty of time in the back row during his nine year NRL career and says the team will benefit from him returning there.
“I’m happy to play anywhere; Luke’s been playing really well for us in the lower grades and every since he come in,” he said.
“With this team, it does add another dimension to our play with three ball –players out there on the field at the one time.
“If he wants me to play in the middle for a bit and bring Luke on, I’m happy to do that.
“Since Luke’s had those few (first grade) starts, we’ve been practicing some stuff and you, know, it’s a work in progress.
“There’s so much pressure for spots. There’s Nathan Peats … it could be Luke or Nathan. We’ll see the way Madge wants to go but I think if everyone jumps on board and keeps pressing for spots, we’re going to go a long way.”
Speaking on Triple M on Friday night, Maguire said: “Sutto, if I put him in the middle, we’ve got a got a good ball playing lock.
“Sutto playing through the middle with quality halves either side of him, you’ve got some good threats. Lukey’s just getting better and better.”
Meanwhile, Sutton said he was yet to hold any talks with Fijian officials regarding the World Cup.
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