Posted: 22 August, 2014
But Trent Barrett pulls out of race to remain at the Panthers
Earlier in the week Triple M's Supergrass commented on the coaching job at the Dragons, saying there were rumours Trent Barrett had signed on with Tim Sheens as a package deal.
Well, Triple M's Mark Geyer has some inside mail.
"I went to a trivia night on Wednesday night with a Penrith insider who said that Trent Barrett had signed for two years with the Panthers, so he's out of the equation as far as the Dragons coaching goes," said MG, on Triple M's Grill Team.
"He's going to be the assistant coach with Ivan Cleary next year." Listen to the full audio below.
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Tim Sheens during his 10-year stint at the Wests Tigers Photo: Getty Images
The St George-Illawarra Dragons are very close to signing current Australian Test coach Tim Sheens and former Dragons player Trent Barrett, according to Triple M's Supergrass.
"It's one of those 'succession plan' jobs where Tim Sheens will do the first two years and will handover to Barrett for years three, four and five of the contract," said Supergrass, on Triple M's Grill Team.
"Paul McGregor has apparently been told he's unlikely to get the gig but has hard offers from other clubs."
Treent Barrett during his playing days at St George-Illawarra Dragons Photo: Getty Images
Matty Johns believes Tim Sheens would be a fantastic choice but he does feel sorry for McGregor who has turned the Dragons form around this year, having taken over from Steve Price mid-season.
"He's done a great job with those boys," he said.
"The bottom line is that he's proved himself as a first grade coach." Listen to the full audio below.
While his 10-year stint at the Wests Tigers ended badly, Tim Sheens is regarded as one of the best coaches in the game, having won premierships at two different clubs (Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers). He also took Penrith to their first finals series ever in 1985.
Trent Barrett made his debut for the Illawarra Steelers in 1996 before joining the joint venture in 1999, where he went on to play 194 NRL games. He is currently the assistant coach at Penrith and is contracted until the end of this year.
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Benji Marshall enjoying a return to form at St George-Illawarra this year Photo: Getty Images
St George Illawarra Dragons halfback Benji Marshall has told Sunday's Triple M NRL with Matty Johns believes it would be a good move if Tim Sheens was appointed head coach.
Marshall said he would like to play under the current Australian coach again because it would be the best thing for the young Dragons outfit.
"I think he's be a good fit for the club, especially for the younger players because he brings a lot of basics back to the game," he said.
"For the young guys coming through and we have a young squad at the Dragons it would really do wonders for the guys there."