WELCOME to The Mole’s Monday Scoops! Here’s the highly accurate rodent’s best work this week . . .
From scrapheap to starter
A month ago Jackson Hastings’ NRL career looked to be over – now the former Roosters halfback has become the favourite to start the season in the Manly team – at hooker.
A specialist halfback, Hastings has one huge factor in his favour in his bid to get a regular top grade spot at Manly – an 83 per cent goalkicking success rate.
With Jamie Lyon retired, Manly are suddenly in need of a reliable goalkicker for the first time in many years.
Hastings won’t be able to get a spot in the halves at Manly with Daly Cherry-Evans and Blake Green filling those spots.
But he is likely to oust the talented Apisai Koroisau from the hooking spot for the start of the season.
All is not lost for Koroisau however, he is likely to be 14th man and will be dynamic from the bench.
The rugby league community has been shocked by the suicide of another former player.
Jason Moon, who played over 50 games for Illawarra and Souths in the 1980s, took his own life yesterday – on the day of his 50th birthday.
His death comes only weeks after the suicide of another well known former player – ex Eel and Rooster Chad Robinson.
A handy blond-haired outside back, Moon and brother David were regular members of the Illawarra side when they were the new chums of the NSW Rugby League premiership in the mid 1980s before both moved to Souths.
Club in turmoil
We often hear of coaches losing the dressing room, but it’s not often we hear of playmakers doing it.
But that is what has happened at an out-of-Sydney club, with players and coaching staff fed up with the antics of their star halfback.
The player concerned is offside because of his poor attitude, often complaining at training that he is being pushed too hard.
The player has sat out sessions more than once, claiming he has strained a muscle, but those around him believe it is all in his head.
Copley on the outer
The Roosters are continuing to shop centre Dale Copley around – but can’t come to terms with any rival team.
Roosters officials want to move Copley on, however with time running out before the start of the season, he may end up staying at the club.
The Titans are keen to sign the talented centre but the two clubs are unable to agree on a price.