No animosity after ditching Dolphins: Newcastle’s Young
George Clarke |
Newcastle winger Dominic Young does not expect to receive the silent treatment from Wayne Bennett despite joining the long list of NRL stars to turn down the Dolphins coach.
Young and his Knights teammates will be bidding to stop the Dolphins’ undefeated start to life as an NRL side when they meet in Newcastle on Friday night.
The Englishman – who will move to the Sydney Roosters next season – said he had considered linking up with the start-up franchise before joining the likes of Cameron Munster, Brandon Smith and Kalyn Ponga in saying ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to Bennett’s Dolphins.
The Dolphins coach had rolled out the red carpet for Young, inviting the 21-year-old to his farm before the winger decided his future would be best served at the Roosters.
“I had talks with Wayne, it’ll be interesting to see him again,” Young told AAP.
“It wasn’t too bad, we weren’t too far down the line unlike some of the other high-profile players.
“It is what it is. There’s no animosity with Wayne, I’m sure.
“They’re going pretty well. We’ll look forward to taking them on back home in front of our own fans.”
Newcastle are set to be heavily depleted for Friday’s meeting with the Dolphins.
Kalyn Ponga, Jayden Brailey (both concussions), Jacob Saifiti (suspension) and the injured Jack Johns are among the players expected to be unavailable to coach Adam O’Brien, after his side claimed a gritty 14-12 win over the Wests Tigers last week.
“It was chaos losing three men, having a send-off and me going to the sin bin, we showed a lot of grit,” Young said.
“We have a tight group and had a really good pre-season. Everyone has been buying into what Adam is saying.
“If you look at last year, when things started going wrong we might have started looking for excuses.
“We want to dig in deep like that every week.”AAP