MCKINNON: Why Dolphins MUST land this free agent; baffling blunder haunting Titans

The most exciting young player coming off contract at the end of the season is Broncos centre Herbie Farnworth.

The Englishman has silky smooth skills and the potential to become as damaging a player as Roosters star Joey Manu.

Most highly paid centres impact on a game is significantly reduced when asked to play out of their preferred position, but Farnworth’s balance & acceleration allows he can cover both sides and has all the makings of a future fullback similar to premiership winning fullback Dylan Edwards.

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There are two former Broncos he reminds me of, the first is a young Darius Boyd and the second is Justin Hodges. They both have played multiple positions for their club, state & country.

Farnworth obviously hasn’t reached those lofty heights just yet but this kid is trajecting towards superstardom.

The Eels and Raiders are also interested in Farnworth and the Dolphins must pull out all the stops to get Farnworth across town to Brisbane’s new team.

If the Broncos were to lose Farnworth, they already have a man ready to take over the left centre role.

Young flyer Selwyn Cobbo’s best position, in my opinion, is at left centre, having come through the Queensland Rugby League junior system with Sunshine Coast on the role.

Speaking of players switching to fullback, expect Sharks sensation Nicho Hynes to shine in the No. 1 jersey against the Raiders on Sunday.


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Broncos centre Herbie Farnworth takes on Roosters star Joey Manu.Source: Getty Images

I’ll admit I was one of the sceptics when Cronulla signed Hynes on a big-money deal to play halfback but he’s more than proved me wrong in the opening nine rounds.

The poised playmaker has proven he’s not just a ‘system quarterback’ who only shined in Melbourne because of the players around him.

A great communicator Hynes is the real deal and he’ll comfortably cover the switch back to fullback this week, the position he played 19 times during his three seasons at the Storm.

Another top halfback that changed clubs this season is Jamal Fogarty and I cannot for the life of me work out why the Titans let him go to the Raiders.

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We’re talking about a halfback they developed and one who rose through the ranks to become the club’s captain and then boom – he’s gone.

The Titans started the season with AJ Brimson at five-eighth and over the past fortnight they’ve struggled with inexperienced duo Toby Sexton and Will Smith in the halves.

A fifth straight loss has seen Smith dropped, with Brimson slotting back into the No. 6 and Jayden Campbell returning at fullback.

Sexton might become a great halfback one day but he’s not there yet and it feels crazy the club went all in on an unproven 21-year-old at the expense of Fogarty.

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To win in the NRL it’s important to surround inexperience halves with experience, I understand why the titans are signing Kieran Foran. I just don’t know why they let go of the captain they already had.

Finally, Craig Fitzgibbon is getting plenty of praise at Cronulla but the man behind the scenes who deserves just as big a rap is assistant coach Steve Price.

Fitzy made a very smart appointment in Price, the former Dragons & Warrington head coach.

Price guided Warrington to a grand final berth in 2018 and the Wolves played finals in all four seasons he was at the club.

The quiet achiever has won two NRL premierships as an assistant, at the Dragons in 2010 and Cronulla in 2016.

Price’s teams pride themselves on defence and it’s no coincidence his arrival at Cronulla has coincided with the club’s defensive mindset changing.

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