McGregor still not settled on number seven

By Mark St John
February 19, 2017

DRAGONS coach Paul McGregor still would not confirm his halfback for round one after the Dragons 32-14 loss to the Rabbitohs in the Charity Shield.

Josh McCrone played the first half at number seven before he was replaced by youngster Jai Field in the second forty with neither player making an undeniable case for selection.

“I’ve got two weeks to do that or a week anyway,” said McGregor when asked if he had made a decision after the game.

“I’ll have a good look at the video and talk to some senior players and look at what different players bring and what the team needs for round one.”

McGregor was noncommittal when queried if he hoped one of the two would have made his decision easier with a starring role in the Charity Shield.

“They are two totally different players aren’t they?” said McGregor.

“Josh is a real tradesman and seasoned player with good experience and then you’ve got Jai who is an emerging exciting young talent and when he gets the ball in his hands he’s quite special.

“We just need to work out in the next 10 days which one we want to go with or if we use both in the 17.”

Dragons captain Gareth Widdop played a half with each of the two candidates and was confident both would do a job for the team if given the opportunity.

“I think it’s always good when you have people fighting for positions it’s healthy competition,” said Widdop.

“Whichever way we go I’m sure they will do a great job.”

Despite the words of support from captain and coach it is a worrying sign that the club has not settled on a chief playmaker just days away from the start of the season.

A club that has struggled in attack for a number of seasons showed no real signs of improvement in attack against the Rabbitohs and McCrone and Field failed to give their supporters much cause for optimism.