MORE TO COME FROM PNG STAR JESSIE JOE PARKER, PLEDGES WHITEHAVEN COACH
Last updated at 13:49, Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Whitehaven coach Don Gailer pledged there was much more to come from new international recruit Jessie Joe Parker after his debut in the heavy defeat against Workington Town on Good Friday.
Jessie Joe Parker: A star waiting to shine
The Papua New Guinea ace played for 60 minutes off the bench, little over 24 hours after stepping off a long flight, and Gailer believes there is plenty more in his locker, especially when his forwards take charge in the middle.
He probably did more tackling than hes done for a long time, the coach said. But to his credit he had come 32 hours on a plane and went out and tried his hardest.
He will get better, but it has to be on the back of go-forward football. We really need to get something happening in the middle.
We have arguably the two best centres in the competition in Scott McAvoy and Jessie Joe Parker, with Craig Calvert out there on the wing and Max Wiper also doing a good job.
But its no good having the best outside backs if the middle of the field is imploding.
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Whitehaven look elsewhere as Glen Nami hopes fade
Last updated at 12:31, Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Hopes are fading fast that Papua New Guinea playmaker Glen Nami will join Whitehaven.
Barry RichardsonHaven had planned to link him with fellow PNG star Jessie Joe Parker, who made his debut in the Good Friday derby defeat against Workington Town.
But they have been unable to contact the dynamic stand-off, who played for the Kumuls in the 2010 Four Nations and scored a try against New Zealand, leading to fears that he will not make the trip.
And the club are now turning their attention elsewhere, looking at another half-back and a prop to bolster coach Don Gailers ranks.
Glen Nami had been in regular contact with ourselves and Stanley Gene, who organised the signing, said Haven chief executive Barry Richardson today.
But for the past three weeks no one has been able to contact him.
We havent closed the door on him, but its obviously doubtful that he will come, and we are exploring other avenues.
Its important we bring in another half-back, and were also trying to bring in a prop forward.
Haven have all the paperwork in place for Nami and he has only to sign for his visa.
Richardson added: We have a lot of faith in the players at the club, and they are going to get better.
In my opinion, they are just lacking an organiser at the moment, and Im sure if we can get one he will bring more confidence to the side and the players.
We are good enough to win games in this league and push up towards the top of the table, and we have every confidence that between Don and the players, well get it right.
We should not underestimate what Don has come in to.
We have played nine games and hes a new coach who didnt know any of the players, so it was always going to take time for things to settle down.
We are all in this together, and we can move forward and hopefully be successful.
First published at 11:27, Wednesday, 11 April 2012
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