Lang on League: Who will replace Barrett?

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Penrith Panthers great John Cartwright and sacked Broncos coach Anthony Seibold are just two suggestions I’d like to make as possible replacements for Bulldogs-bound Panthers assistant coach Trent Barrett.

A few weeks ago The Daily Telegraph reported that former Raiders and Dragons hooker Simon Woolford was linked to the job.

Now while the current Super League Huddesfield coach is one name being bandied about, I can’t see why a Penrith legend, who once guided a Gold Coast Titans side to two Finals appearances in 2009-10, can’t also be considered.

Not only that but the man nicknamed “Hoss” has also had several successful stints as an assistant coach with the Roosters, Cowboys and now Sea Eagles.

We could also think out of the box and throw Anthony Seibold a coaching lifeline. While Seibold’s stint in the top job at the Broncos was an unmitigated disaster, he was an outstanding assistant at the Melbourne Storm and he did guide South Sydney to a Preliminary Final in his one year as Rabbitohs head coach in 2018.

Former Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold. Photo: NRL Images.

In my opinion both men are highly experienced and have plenty to offer.
One thing is certain however, and that’s whoever gets the job will have some big footy boots to fill as Barrett’s contributions to Penrith’s success this year have been nothing short of outstanding.

What caught my eye last week…

The wonderful sportsmanship shown by Eels backrower Ryan Matterson when he helped a clearly concussed Api Koroisau stay on his feet until a trainer could come and tend to the Panthers hooker.

In a game where there was a lot at stake and the collisions were brutal, it was refreshing to see a true act of sportsmanship. Take a bow Ryan Matterson – you deserve the applause.

Ryan Matterson helps Api Koroisau last Friday night. Photo: NRL Images.

What game I’m looking forward to…

Panthers v Cowboys. A win over North Queensland will hand Penrith their first minor premiership since 2003.

My tips for the week…

Rabbitohs, Panthers, Eels, Manly, Storm, Roosters, Raiders, Knights.

The final word…

A well-known onfield sledger, it was great to see referee Grant Atkins send Josh McGuire to the sin bin for dissent early in the match against the Storm last Sunday.

I’ve heard some terrible stories about some of the things McGuire has said and done on and off the field over the years and while I don’t condone the numerous death threats he received on social media last year, I thought he may have finally cleaned up his act after he sought help from the club last season.

His wife also came to his defence telling the media about her husband’s fragile mental health following all the online abuse he copped.
Hmmm… maybe a leopard really can’t change their spots after all.

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