Madge – Stability is Key
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, says he is looking to build returning playmaker Luke Keary back into his side after yesterday (Tuesday) naming John Sutton at five-eighth for Friday night’s clash with Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium.
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With eight rounds of the regular season remaining, the Rabbitohs mentor cited the familiarity and stability of John Sutton at pivot as being a solid foundation upon which Keary will integrate.
“At the moment John gives us a lot of stability I suppose at six,” said Madge.
“You’re always looking for that stability at the back end of the season. We’re looking at various combinations with Luke Keary coming back in – we’re working hard at continually building him into the team – and with Sutto (John Sutton) playing in the halves at times, back row at times, it gives us a lot of options.
“But through the pre-season, with Luke Keary unfortunately being injured early on, we had great stability then. It’s about spending a bit of time when we have the opportunity to build Adam (Reynolds) and Luke together, and with John in the back-row there.”
With the playmaking talents of Reynolds, Sutton, Dylan Walker, Apisai Koroisau and Greg Inglis already in his line-up, the addition of Keary offers more options – and selection headaches –for Maguire moving forward.
“It’s about each week finding the best dynamics of those boys being in the team,” said Maguire.
“They all bring something different to the team and great strengths in various areas and it’s just getting that best mix as we move forward.
“To have Luke Keary – whether he’s coming off the bench or starting – we’ve got a great player there along with Adam as well.”
The Rabbitohs will take on a Parramatta outfit that were kept scoreless in a 48-0 drubbing at the hands of the New Zealand Warriors in round 18 – a result Maguire believes will motivate the Eels. But with the Rabbitohs also coming off a loss, Maguire says his side’s position in no different.
“We’ve got everything to play for actually,” said Maguire.
“We didn’t play well in our last game, but it’s about what’s in front of us. Origin’s finished, we’re all back together again –now it’s all about our performance on the park.”