Kurt aim­ing to nail down spot

The Observer - - LEAGUE SPORT - — Si­mon Bruns­don

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.

PHOTO: AAP

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