Broncos borrow Smith to lend a hand against Eels
Kangaroos utility Darren Smith trained with the Broncos yesterday and will play against Parramatta on Saturday after being lent to the Broncos by Brisbane Easts. Centre Brent Tate and skipper Gorden Tallis trained strongly and should be back from injury against Canberra on June 27.
Interchange forward Reni Maitua is tipped to be the next Bulldog to re-sign. Talks are continuing between CEO Malcolm Noad and five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.
Centre Joel Monaghan is out for between two and six weeks after scans picked up damage to a kneecap yesterday. The Raiders have signed five-eighth Jamie Russo from South Sydney.
Danny Nutley is likely to edge out NSW prop Jason Stevens for the captaincy against Penrith on Sunday. "I thought Nuts did a good job last week," coach Stuart Raper said.
League club chairman Ken Arthurson was at OriginII last night, on the way from his Gold Coast home to a holiday at Port Douglas. The former ARL chairman ran a keen eye across the development squad game between Queensland and Western Australia.
Coach Graham Murray has defended his decision to overlook Paul Bowman again as captain against the Warriors on Sunday, choosing prop Paul Rauhihi instead. "It goes along with my thoughts that I want someone in the middle of the field," Murray said.
Lock Todd Lowrie (shoulder) is out of tomorrow night's game against the Roosters and has been replaced by Michael Ennis.
Matt Petersen, a late withdrawal from Sunday's win against Manly due to a fractured cheekbone, will miss two more weeks.
Skipper Craig Gower is no certainty to make his return from a knee injury against Cronulla on Sunday. "He'd be certain if it was a grand final," coach John Lang said.
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NSW forward Brent Kite has shown the Dragons some of his offers from rival clubs. "He tabled some of them last Thursday and we are currently considering what offer to make," chief executive Peter Doust said.
British club Hull are continuing talks with their coach Shaun McRae, who is being pursued by the Rabbitohs for next season.
New winger Sam Perrett was signed by Roosters scouts Arthur Beetson and Brian Gray and his effort in making the first-grade squad for tomorrow night's Newcastle clash is all the more impressive considering international Shannon Hegarty is still in premier league.
Forward Danny Sullivan has retired at the age of 22 due to an ongoing knee injury, while hooker Paul Dezolt has been released to pursue a career in the Queensland Cup.
Back-rower Ben Galea will be in a sling for two weeks after a piece of bone broke away from his elbow during Sunday's big win over the Warriors.