The Mole’s Monday scoops!

The Mole’s Monday scoops! Written by THE MOLE , February 15, 2016

WELCOME to The Mole’s Monday Scoops! Here’s the highly accurate rodent’s best work this week . . .

RABBITOHS TO UNLEASH A MONSTER

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Souths are set to unveil one of the best front-row prospects in years this season in Queenslander Sam Johnstone.

The Rabbitohs have flown the 18-year-old from Mackay under the radar since he signed late last year – but he is a man mountain at nearly 2m tall and 112 kilos – and is still growing.

He had five NRL clubs on his tail before signing with Souths – largely because he has supported the Bunnies all his life.

The Queensland under-18 prop has turned heads at Souths training and is definitely one to watch this year.

SOWARD AND WALLACE SET TO BE LEFT IN THE COLD

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Panthers coach Anthony Griffin has been so impressed by his rookie Te Marie Martin that he could elect to start him in the halves sooner rather than later.

The Junior Kiwi star was very impressive in the Panthers 24-20 trial win over the Bulldogs on the weekend and could very well be paired in the halves alongside new captain Matt Moylan who also impressed in the playmaking position.

This does not bode well for veteran pairing Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace who both struggled for form throughout 2016.

Griffin has showed in the past he is not afraid to blood youth and with new recruit Peta Hiku a viable option at fullback, don’t be surprised to see Martin and Moylan fueling the Panthers attack in 2016.

BURNS DOWN THE PECKING ORDER

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Former Panthers half Travis Burns looks to be facing an uncertain future at St Helens.

He wasn’t in their squad for their opening two Super League games, with coach Keiron Cunningham opting to play utility Jordan Turner instead. Classy French half Theo Fages is also ahead of Burns – out of contract later this year – in the pecking order.

GIBBS SET TO DUST OFF THE BOOTS

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Cult hero front-rower Bryce Gibbs is set to make a surprise return to the game with Wests in Wollongong.

New Wests coach, former Test halfback Brett Kimmorley, has convinced Gibbs to pull on the boots again after a long career that ended at the Sharks in 2014.

Gibbs, still only 31, has been working in the mines at Mount Isa and will combine his footy with shifts as a miner in the Illawarra region.

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