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Broncos youngster a bit raw for rep football

ROOKIE Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has cautioned against blooding exciting young winger Jharal Yow Yeh for representative football too soon.
While it’s unlikely Yow Yeh will be named in Tim Sheens’s Test squad to play New Zealand at Skilled Park next Friday night, he is firming sharply to snare a wing spot for Queensland in the opening State of Origin game against NSW at Suncorp Stadium on May 25.
A distant cousin of former Balmain flash Kevin Yow Yeh, the 21-year-old has sworn off booze and clubbing with his mates in his bid to play Origin.
And he’s produced some sparkling form for Brisbane, catching the eye of Maroons selectors searching for a winger to replace AFL recruit Israel Folau.
North Queensland’s Brent Tate would have been the obvious choice but he is still six weeks away from a comeback following a knee reconstruction.
With St George Illawarra fullback Darius Boyd (hamstring) likely to claim one wing if fit, the battle is on for the other between Canberra’s Daniel Vidot, the seasoned Cowboy Willie Tonga and youngster Yow Yeh, who has blossomed after playing the past two NRL All-Star games.
Griffin also handled Yow Yeh as coach of Brisbane’s under-20s side and knows him better than anyone.
”I’d be ecstatic if he got in either the Test or Origin sides.” Griffin said. ”I suppose you’re ready for representative football when you get picked. I don’t want to be negative about it but just at the moment, he’s still a bit raw.
”It’s only a personal view but my gut feeling is it’s a little bit early … but I’ll be the happiest bloke in the world if he’s picked.
”I guess the big thing in his favour if he is selected for either of those sides is that ‘Locky’ [Darren Lockyer] and ‘Hodgo’ [Justin Hodges] would be there for him.”
After seeing Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney’s career implode, Yow Yeh recently revealed he had made some lifestyle changes to improve his chances of making his Origin debut this year.
”I’m off the booze, definitely,” he declared after Brisbane’s recent win over Wests Tigers. ”You have to make sacrifices, and I’m trying to do everything I can to play good football. I reckon I’m ready for State of Origin.”
Meanwhile, British Super League club Salford has parted company with coach Shaun McRae with immediate effect.
The Australian has been on sick leave since March. He told the club’s official website: ”This mutual agreement allows both the club and myself to move on in a fresh direction, the past four years with the Reds have taken my career as a head coach to the 450-game landmark.”against blooding exciting young winger Jharal Yow Yeh for representative football too soon.
While it’s unlikely Yow Yeh will be named in Tim Sheens’s Test squad to play New Zealand at Skilled Park next Friday night, he is firming sharply to snare a wing spot for Queensland in the opening State of Origin game against NSW at Suncorp Stadium on May 25.

A distant cousin of former Balmain flash Kevin Yow Yeh, the 21-year-old has sworn off booze and clubbing with his mates in his bid to play Origin.
And he’s produced some sparkling form for Brisbane, catching the eye of Maroons selectors searching for a winger to replace AFL recruit Israel Folau.

North Queensland’s Brent Tate would have been the obvious choice but he is still six weeks away from a comeback following a knee reconstruction.

With St George Illawarra fullback Darius Boyd (hamstring) likely to claim one wing if fit, the battle is on for the other between Canberra’s Daniel Vidot, the seasoned Cowboy Willie Tonga and youngster Yow Yeh, who has blossomed after playing the past two NRL All-Star games.

Griffin also handled Yow Yeh as coach of Brisbane’s under-20s side and knows him better than anyone.
”I’d be ecstatic if he got in either the Test or Origin sides.” Griffin said. ”I suppose you’re ready for representative football when you get picked. I don’t want to be negative about it but just at the moment, he’s still a bit raw.

”It’s only a personal view but my gut feeling is it’s a little bit early … but I’ll be the happiest bloke in the world if he’s picked.
”I guess the big thing in his favour if he is selected for either of those sides is that ‘Locky’ [Darren Lockyer] and ‘Hodgo’ [Justin Hodges] would be there for him.”

After seeing Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney’s career implode, Yow Yeh recently revealed he had made some lifestyle changes to improve his chances of making his Origin debut this year.

”I’m off the booze, definitely,” he declared after Brisbane’s recent win over Wests Tigers. ”You have to make sacrifices, and I’m trying to do everything I can to play good football. I reckon I’m ready for State of Origin.”

Meanwhile, British Super League club Salford has parted company with coach Shaun McRae with immediate effect.

The Australian has been on sick leave since March. He told the club’s official website: ”This mutual agreement allows both the club and myself to move on in a fresh direction, the past four years with the Reds have taken my career as a head coach to the 450-game landmark.”

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