Kurt aiming to nail down spot
GARETH Widdop will don either the No.6 or the No.1 jersey for St George Illawarra next season.
And whichever one he doesn’t wear, Kurt Mann wants. The 24-year-old utility has put his hand up high in the race for the final spine position ahead of the 2018 NRL season.
Cameron McInnes will play hooker, Ben Hunt is the halfback and Widdop will occupy one of the remaining two spots in the Red V spine.
Mann, who has experience playing in the halves and everywhere in the back five, has told coach Paul McGregor he can fill whichever role Widdop doesn’t take.
“I spoke to Mary (McGregor) in the off-season about it, and at the end of season reviews last year as well,” Mann (pictured) said. “I won’t really know much more until I get closer to the trial period.”
During the 2017 season Mann started from the bench, on the wing, at centre, five-eighth and halfback in his 21 games for the Dragons.
Widdop has played in the halves since moving from Melbourne, but his recent stint at fullback for England at the World Cup has cast a cloud over his 2018 position for the Dragons.