The Mole’s Monday Scoops!

The Mole’s Monday Scoops! Written by THE MOLE, March 7, 2016

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

JT SET TO EXTEND

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Johnathan Thurston is set to postpone any thoughts of retirement and sign with the Cowboys for at least another 12 months.

Thurston comes off contract at the end of next season – and will be approaching his 34th birthday at that stage.

There were thoughts that the great ‘JT’ would give the game away then – particularly after achieving his career-long objective of steering the Cowboys to the premiership last year.

But Thurston’s manager Sam Ayoub has already held preliminary talks with the Cowboys about extending his deal for 12 months – and the pulling up stumps at the end of 2018.

That would see Thurston having played a remarkable 16 seasons in the big league – three at the Bulldogs and 13 at the Cowboys.

The ultra-competitive Thurston gives his all in defence and attack every time he goes around and his body will be well and truly ready for a break by that stage. 

BENJI TO TAKE HIS PLACE 

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Benji Marshall will have to pass a late fitness test to take his place in the Dragons’ team for tonight’s round one clash with the Storm.

Marshall picked up the injury in training last week and hasn’t been able to full stretch out.

The mail is that he will play – but he may well be less than 100 per cent fit and lacking that blistering turn of speed that has characterised his game for so many years.

STEVE’S GOING HOME

Roosters assistant Steve McNamara looks set to cut short his contract to return to the UK at the end of the year.

The ex-England boss has emerged as the clear favourite to take the vacant Hull KR coaching role, despite being just a few weeks into a new two-year deal at Bondi Junction. The Robins – who have Terry Campese, Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair on their books – say they won’t make an appointment until the end of the season. Australian James Webster will take temporary charge until then.

 STORM LOCK DOWN ANOTHER FORWARD

The Storm continue to shore up their squad, with consistent forward Tim Glassy set to sign a new deal.

Glassy, aged 26, has been a consistent performer for the Storm in recent seasons.

The former Penrith Panther is approaching the 50 game mark and coach Craig Bellamy sees him as a model player on and off the field.

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