Maroons coach Paul Inexperienced says he is reached out to Cameron Smith within the hope the Queensland legend will be a part of his help employees however has up to now obtained no response.
Since being handed the keys to Queensland’s consultant squad, Inexperienced has publicly instilled an “open door” coverage to a raft of Maroons greats in his bid to proceed the profitable methods set in place by Wayne Bennett final yr.
Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston will each play their elements in Inexperienced’s Maroons imaginative and prescient, but it surely’s the radio silence from Smith that has the previous Cowboys coach at a loss.
Inexperienced revealed he had made repeated makes an attempt to achieve out to Smith, who’s sizzling off his current retirement from rugby league, however has up to now but to make contact with or obtain any response from the Storm icon.
“I reached out to Smithy however he is excellent at disappearing and never answering folks’s telephone calls,” Inexperienced advised Extensive World of Sports activities on 4BC radio. “So, I’d begin sending smoke indicators or one thing.
“I mentioned from the beginning, any of the fellows that need to be concerned who’ve had an extended historical past at profitable sequence, any of these guys that added to the legacy as gamers, now it is their alternative to contribute from a training viewpoint. And as I mentioned, the door’s at all times open.”
Requested by 4BC’s Extensive World of Sports activities host Peter Psaltis if there was any message he might relay to Smith when the 2 catch up at a scheduled luncheon later within the week, Inexperienced quipped:
“Simply give him my quantity and simply inform him, ‘That is Greeny’s quantity’.”
Smith’s former teammate, Slater, will as soon as once more take up his position as a Queensland selector, whereas Thurston will reunite along with his former Cowboys mentor to kind an integral a part of Inexperienced’s teaching employees.
“Everyone knows what Jono introduced as a participant at Origin stage, so I feel studying methods to win is vital and he can impart a few of that on a few of the youthful guys,” Inexperienced mentioned.
“Given the sequence we had final yr, we’re in a great spot however we have to ensure these younger guys hold persevering with to enhance. I feel Jono can contribute from that viewpoint.
“I spoke to Billy across the potential for him to be concerned as a coach, he is most likely received a bit an excessive amount of on his plate for the time being, however he’ll nonetheless be concerned as a selector. It’s going to be nice having him as somebody to bounce concepts off.”
The 2021 season will mark the primary in Inexperienced’s teaching profession that he will not be hooked up to an NRL franchise.
The previous Cowboys coach mentioned he was having fun with the brand new perspective he is adopted when watching video games and revealed he had already been making notes of particular person participant performances.
“It was a extremely totally different feeling for me going into final week, Spherical One,” he mentioned.
“That is the primary time in my life I’ve by no means been related to a staff, however having the Origin job, I’ve simply received to have a special perspective. I am a whole lot of totally different groups this time round. Not a lot from a staff play viewpoint, I am wanting extra at how the people are going and what strengths and weaknesses these guys have.
“So, it is a totally different perspective for me, however I am having fun with it, I do have a vested curiosity, however I am probably not emotionally hooked up to the outcome which is kind of good whenever you get up the following day.”
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