Has Newcastle’s CEO let slide St Helens new coach? And Manly dealt a blow. Jenna Brooks gets the newest from the NRL.
Woolf the man
It appears like it’s only a matter of time before Kristian Woolf is declared trainer is headed by St Helens.
The Knights helper, who had been created coach of Newcastle later Nathan Brown left with immediate effect, has been connected to substitute Justin Holbrook in St Helens for a while now.
Nonetheless, in the wake of Adam O’Brien being named Newcastle head coach for the next season, the Knights have had to deny the team had approached O’Brien first, which was why Brown stopped.
In defending the club, Newcastle CEO Philip Gardner might have let the’cat out of the bag’.
“We had a pre-work done since we’d St Helens in the club for the last three-four weeks interviewing all our coaches using an opinion that at least one of them are leaving, visiting St Helens,” Gardner said.
On Friday night I was told by Eamonn McManus they would announce their head trainer for 2020.
Perhaps that announcement will now come sooner…
O’Brien confirmed
As expected, will replace Nathan Brown as head mentor at Newcastle as I mentioned above Adam O’Brien.
Even the Sydney Roosters coach will take control of the Knights for another few seasons, starting in 2020.
“The Knights are a powerful club with a significant and passionate supporter base through the Hunter region and beyond,” O’Brien explained.
“They have stability off the area via the Wests Group and a rich toddlers of talent”
The Knights CEO Gardner said the club are eager have him and praised O’Brien’s experience.
“Aside from quality training, we want quality individuals inside the organisation and Adam ticks all of those boxes”
O’Brien will link up with his new team for pre-season before 2020.
Former Leeds head coach David Furner, is in line, and interviewed for the job to be appointed assistant, however, O’Brien was given the last say.
Former Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens has been connected with a technical director role.
Manly blow
A game out of the finals, Manly were dealt an almighty blow in the weekend.
His leg tore to Melbourne during the loss of Manly and will have surgery.
Trbojevic is facing at least 10 months on the sidelines, which also rules him out of duties with Australia at the World Nines, as well as Tests against Tonga and New Zealand.
“Clearly this is extremely difficult to take, especially during this time of year. However, there was no point trying to become a hero and risking my body,” Trbojevic told 9News.
“It was explained to me that it was very good to do operation early to receive the very best retrieval for my physique. That is what I’ve resolved to doso”
The Sea Eagles, who are currently fifth on the ladder, have secured a finals berth, but might need to complete without the old.
Hamstring issues have restricted Trbojevic to only 12 appearances for Manly this calendar year, with the team winning 10 of these games.
Manly take on Friday on Parramatta dwell on Sky Sports. A win will see them leapfrog South Sydney.
Manly fan
Trbojevic really isn’t the only motive. A Sea Eagles fan lashed out at the Will Chambers of Melbourne through Saturday’s encounter.
The NRL ethics unit has launched an investigation into the episode that saw a man wearing a Manly jersey, poke his arm by means of a gap at the players’ tunnel and touch , who left the area.
Melbourne have confirmed they wish to proceed in the incident and the NRL will has not yet been billed by NSW Police, but hands the man a ban.
Seasons end
Melbourne conquer Manly 36-6 to clinch a little premiership in four decades. Despite one match to go in the season, reigning premiers – place has been sealed by the Sydney Roosters.
Canberra sponsor New Zealand Warriors Saturday and victory will see them secure third. However, victory for South Sydney against the Roosters and defeat for the Raiders will see the Rabbitohs finish next to the Raiders fourth.
The winners between Manly and Parramatta will complete fifth, with the losers in sixth. They’ll secure seventh, however with conquer eighth if Brisbane can overcome the Bulldogs.
That leaves one finals spot invisibly and it could not have worked out as the two teams vying for Wests Tigers and Cronulla, play with each other on Sunday.
The game’s winners hit the finals. As it is live on Sky Sports at 5am it’s one game not to be missed, so place your alarms.

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