The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

MAGUIRE IN DEMAND

- DAVID RICCIO

SOUTHS Sydney coach Michael Mto seek a Maguirerel­ease from would the need final t t two years of his contract if he i i is to act upon a serious approach from the Newcastle Knights to take over as head coach.

As the Knights prepare for a second-round of interviews with a shortlist of coaches, including front-runner Nathan Brown this week, the club’s interest in Maguire has intensifie­d in recent days, with speculatio­n the premiershi­pwinning coach is firmly on their radar.

The Knights have spoken with Maguire’s management, aware that if Newcastle officials are to lure the 41year-old out of Redfern, he would need to approach South Sydney management for a release.

Knights officials are yet to hear back from Maguire.

The Rabbitohs would be loath to let Maguire go given he recently extended his future with the club until 2017.

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