North Queensland Cowboys v South Sydney Rabbitohs from 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville. Cowboys Jake Granville. Picture: Zak Simmonds
North Queensland Cowboys v South Sydney Rabbitohs from 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville. Cowboys Jake Granville. Picture: Zak Simmonds

Granville keen for memorable milestone

COWBOYS coach Paul Green is hopeful resolving his future will result in Jake Granville putting together a milestone match to remember as their season goes on the line against Manly tonight.

With just three wins from 12 games thus far, the Cowboys may only be able to avoid two more losses to make finals, making a win at Lottoland non negotiable.

They will have to do so with a threadbare forward pack which has been ravaged by Origin selection, suspension and injury.

Hooker Granville will play his 100th NRL match tonight after recommitting to the club for three more years this week.

"He's been playing better the last few weeks," Green said.

"A bit like the team, the things he wasn't doing that well are the things that come easy to him, which is a sign they're putting pressure on themselves to perform.

"The team's aware of the position we're in and we're also aware of what we need to do, sometimes that pressure mucks up their thought processes.

"His passing is something that's been a bit off, which we know he's very good at.

"He's not too far away, hopefully this will give him a boost of confidence having his future sorted and he can play well on Thursday."

A host of other Cowboys are off contract at the end of the year, and the club will have some tough decisions to make given their disappointing campaign thus far.

Meanwhile, Manly coach Trent Barrett has urged skipper Daly Cherry-Evans to send a message to the Maroons selectors against the Cowboys.

For the third year in a row, Cherry-Evans has been overlooked by Queensland and now shapes as the key to the Sea Eagles' chances of reviving their scandal- plagued NRL season.

With the State of Origin talent drain setting in, Manly see the next six weeks as a chance to get back on a firm footing.

"I felt for Cherry, he has been playing well and not just this year but he had a really consistent season last year," Barrett said.

"I'm sure he'll get his chance. Another one is Api (Koroisau). "I said to them there is three games in the series and you never know what's going to happen. Chez and Api will certainly be considered over the next six weeks.

"If we win and keep playing well, we'll give them more hope."