North­ern Pride

RLW pre­dic­tion: Bot­tom third

Rugby League Week - - Intrust Super Cup -

2016 fin­ish: Eighth Coach Ty Wil­liams: De­spite the early end to their 2016 sea­son, Pride CEO Greg Dowl­ing told the

Cairns Post back in Novem­ber, “We’ve got a team of real good go­ers here.” New coach Wil­liams agrees whole­heart­edly: “We are a young squad and we’re ex­cited. The guys know that I will give them an op­por­tu­nity and it is theirs to take. In key ar­eas we are go­ing with a few young guys – in the halves, Jared Allen [aged 24]and Jor­dan BiondiOdo [aged 23]. We have ticked all the right boxes in the off-sea­son and will look to make the semis.”

Player to watch: “Con­nor Jones has come out of the 20s sys­tem at the Bull­dogs and he’s a hooker/half who gives us a bit of X-fac­tor that we’ve missed for a few years. He plays with the un­known, he’s very en­er­getic and he gives us a bit of ver­sa­til­ity as well.”

KEY GAINS: Wil­liam Bug­den (Tweed Heads), Con­nor Jones (Can­ter­bury Bull­dogs), Troy Ka­pea (Townsville Black­hawks)

KEY LOSSES: Linc Port (Easts Tigers), Jack Svend­sen (Easts Tigers), Vaipuna Tia Kil­ifi (Mt Pritchard Moun­ties)

EN­TER THE X-FAC­TOR Emer­ald Tigers ju­nior Con­nor Jones will be a sur­prise packet.

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