Cow­boys face bat­tle to keep in- de­mand coach

Townsville Bulletin - - TV - TRAVIS MEYN PETER BADEL

PAUL Green could be­come the NRL’s next mil­lion- dol­lar men­tor af­ter the Cow­boys ad­mit­ted they are fac­ing a bid­ding war to re­tain the Dally M coach- of- the- year con­tender.

Green will join Mel­bourne Storm boss Craig Bel­lamy as the most in- de­mand clip­board hold­ers in the game next year fol­low­ing his in­cred­i­ble ef­fort to guide North Queens­land to within 80 min­utes of the grand fi­nal.

The Cow­boys will face the Syd­ney Roost­ers in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Al­lianz Sta­dium on Satur­day af­ter knock­ing Par­ra­matta out of the ti­tle race on the week­end. Green, 45, was at the helm when North Queens­land claimed their first NRL premier­ship in 2015 and made it to the fi­nal four of last year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

But his ef­forts this sea­son could ar­guably be bet­ter given Test duo Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston have missed most of the sea­son be­cause of in­jury.

Green, who is off- con­tract at the end of next sea­son, is sure to at­tract in­ter­est from cashed- up ri­vals given the short­age of proven coaches on the mar­ket.

“Of course we would love Paul to go on,” Cow­boys chair­man Lau­rence Lancini said.

“At the mo­ment, he has an­other year to go, so we don’t feel the need to rush any­thing.

“Paul is happy here and we’re happy with him.

“But look, why wouldn’t he be in de­mand? He has done a won­der­ful job at the Cow­boys and it wouldn’t sur­prise me if there are other clubs out there who are in­ter­ested in Greeny be­cause he’s a very good coach.

“We’d love to keep him but it won’t be easy.

“Fi­nan­cially, we prob­a­bly couldn’t com­pete with some other clubs so if there was a big of­fer from Syd­ney, it would be dif­fi­cult for us to match it.

“But we want to keep Paul here be­yond his cur­rent deal and hope­fully we can do that.”

Green is now in the elite group of NRL coaches, join­ing Bris­bane’s Wayne Ben­nett, Syd­ney’s Trent Robin­son and Bel­lamy as con­sis­tent per­form­ers who could de­mand $ 1 mil­lion- a- sea­son salaries.

He turned the Cow­boys from NRL fi­nals reg­u­lars into premier­ship con­tenders af­ter as­sum­ing the du­ties from Neil Henry in 2014.

Half­back Michael Mor­gan has de­vel­oped into a Test and Ori­gin player un­der Green and said the Cow­boys had evolved in the past four years.

“He’s been mas­sive,” Mor­gan said. “What he is re­ally good at is giv­ing his play­ers a role and mak­ing them ac­count­able for it.

“Even now I con­tinue to learn from him about the game and my po­si­tion.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him. He will tell you di­rectly what he wants from you and hold you ac­count­able to do it.

“As well as be­ing a good coach, he is a good teacher as well and I’ve learnt a lot off him. For what he’s done for the club it’d only be right that he’d stick around.”

Scott’s sea­son- end­ing knee in­jury in Round 2 was a ma­jor blow to North Queens­land’s ti­tle cre­den­tials and they were ex­pected to just be mak­ing up the num­bers when Thurston’s cam­paign ended dur­ing the Ori­gin se­ries.

A slice of luck saw them fin­ish eighth on the lad­der and they have since ended the sea­sons of de­fend­ing pre­miers Cronulla and Par­ra­matta, who fin­ished the sea­son fourth.

The Cow­boys will again start as out­siders against the Roost­ers but it is a tag they have not strug­gled to over­come un­der Green’s watch.

“Any coach that lost their two best play­ers would prob­a­bly lose their chops by now,” Cow­boys lock Ja­son Tau­malolo said.

“He’s def­i­nitely been com­posed and al­ways had that be­lief in the play­ers that we could get the job done. That shows how much re­spect the boys have for Greeny.”

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