The Storm is ready to target Broncos flyer Xavier coates as the man who will replace Josh Addo-Carr when the star winger moves to Sydney in 2022.
Coates is young, strong and FAST – and should be a great choice in Storm’s backline if the club can secure his serves.
The 19-year-old from Papua New Guinea made his Start of original state recently after just 15 NRL games for the Broncos and looked like he was home in great company.
Coates has scored two spectacular tries in two games for the Maroons and is as quick as any NRL winger – even Addo-Carr.
Addo-Carr has not yet decided on his next move but wants to be closer to his friends and family.
The Storm managed to convince him to stay in Victoria for next season – although that may change by March if the right offer comes along.
HEAVY AGENT FOCUSED COUSIN
There was a drama in Auckland, with the Warriors sacking the cousin of disgraced player manager Isaac Moses.
Greg Boulos was not appointed head coach of the club’s Future Warriors program until November 2018 – essential work considering the club’s huge junior base.
But Boulos clashed with new head coach Nathan Brown and there would only be one winner.
His departure also diminishes Moses’ influence at the club, where he had former coaches Stephen Kearney and Todd Payten and several NRL stars in his books.
TOP COOSTERS ON YOUNG HOOKER
The Roosters have high hopes for a young whore they bring in from New Zealand next season.
Benaiah Ioelu is just 16 but will enter the Roosters’ system, playing for the club’s Harold Matthews team on the Central Coast.
Ioelu has played for the Kiwis at the Under-16 level this year and although he’s a few years away from the NRL level, he has all the skills to reach the top.
The youngster was signed by the Roosters on a two-year development deal and is one for the little black books.
SHARKS DEFEND SURPRISE TOLMAN SIGNING
Aiden Tolman isn’t a world batsman – and many people raised eyebrows when Cronulla signed him after he appeared destined for retirement when he was cut by the Bulldogs.
But Sharks coach John Morris is delighted with what the 32-year-old tough man has brought to his club in the preseason.
“Aiden is extremely fit and is the ultimate pro,” Morris said.
“I wanted him to show the way for our young forwards and that’s exactly what he’s doing. He has been excellent in training and really shows the kids what it takes to be successful.
“He’s adjusted well and I can see the difference he’s already made.”