Eddie’s praise for Maroons coach Slater


Jones famous how targeted Slater had his gamers on Thursday, regardless that they might have been tempted to take shortcuts towards inferior opposition.


“I’m an excellent believer that you just be taught lots a couple of coach by the way in which he talks in TV interviews, and when he speaks, Billy is assured however humble and doesn’t enable himself to become involved with discussions he doesn’t must have,” Jones stated.

“He’s been taught effectively by [Melbourne coach] Craig Bellamy, you possibly can see that. He has nice focus, and you’ll see the boys and the way in which they’re coaching, they’re targeted and actually dedicated to coaching effectively.”

Jones stated the Blues had the crew to win, “particularly when you’ve got the likes of Cameron Murray and Liam Martin coming off the bench”.

“Nathan [Cleary] isn’t there, and Mitchell [Moses] performs in another way, he’s a much bigger halfback with tempo and a protracted kicking sport; it is going to be how he handles that trench warfare,” Jones stated.

South Sydney skipper Murray has been talked about a number of occasions by Jones as a Wallabies goal, whereas Roosters centre Joseph Suaalii switches codes on the finish of subsequent yr.

As for discuss Suaalii could possibly be taking part in rugby by the top of this yr, Jones stated: “There’s been no discuss in any respect. We’re dedicated to him coming on the finish of 2024, and there’s been no change to that.”

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